Cr McKay - Responsible dog ownership more important than ever
  • Friday 12 December 2014

The holiday period is almost upon us and while that means joy and festivities for many, unfortunately it routinely goes hand-in-hand with an increase in the number of stray pets reported to Council.

Summer storms and end-of-year events with fireworks can be very frightening for pets, often resulting in them escaping properties you think impenetrable.

The coming and going of visitors combined with the kids being home for the holidays may also result in a gate left open and your four legged friend slipping out and go missing.

For those holidaying away, please plan ahead for your pet. Look for pet friendly options. Make sure if you’re leaving your pet with a friend they have good containment.

While it might seem like a minor misdemeanour, unfortunately dogs off leash or stray dogs roaming the streets are more likely to be a nuisance to others, be involved in a dog attack or be hit by a car.

And always ensure your registration and microchip details are all up to date so if something happens we can contact you.

The Sunshine Coast Council region already has a strong pet population, with dogs and cats registered and this will only increase.

Council is looking at redevelopment of the Sippy Creek Pound in line with population growth and increasing demand for quality animal management facilities by the community.

Council has a zero tolerance approach to dangerous dogs and continues to prosecute irresponsible dog owners to the full extent of the law. This was further demonstrated last week when a Chevallum man was fined $16,184 at Nambour Magistrate Court after his dogs attacked a jogger on a public road.

Please be responsible and help keep your dog and the community safe.

First appeared in Nambour Weekly on December 11