Council received a report from our staff last night providing information on how our dog and cat management program is going.
We have completed the third year of a four year Animal Management Plan and it looks to me we are doing quite well.
This Plan was developed to guide the City of Unley’s management of dogs and cats from 2012-2016. It complies with Section 26A of the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 (“Act”) which requires every Council in South Australia to prepare a plan relating to the management of dogs and cats within its area. The report summarises the third year progress.
The City of Unley Animal Management Plan outlines Council’s goals for animal management as being:
• To improve Council’s management of its responsibilities under the Act; and
• to achieve an improvement in responsible pet ownership.
Four of the five key performance indicators have been met for year three as shown below:
Don’t forget to register your dog before the end of August.
All dogs of three months of age or over must be registered each year with the City of Unley. The annual Dog Registration Fee is $60. No fee applies for blind, disability or hearing dogs that are trained and certified Disability Dogs.
First time registration
- Registrations after 31 August attract a late fee of $10
- Non registration: Failure to register a dog may incur a fine of $80
How to Pay:
- Pay Dog Registration (renewals only) online follow the prompts and enter your animal reference number.
- Pay by phone – please contact our Customer Service Centre on (08) 8372 5111
- Pay in person at the City of Unley, 181 Unley Road, Unley
- Pay by mail – send your cheque or money order payable to: City of Unley, PO Box 1 Unley SA 5061
It wont be long now and you will be required to pay your annual dog registration fee. Those residents who have had their pet micro chipped will be aware that their fee is less.
Well guess what, you have the opportunity to get this saving too by getting your pet micro chipped this coming weekend. Cats are welcome too.
Ever wondered what to do if you lost your dog or you found a lost dog?
The State Government’s Housing in the City Policy, revealed on the weekend and reported on this blog site (I agree with you Mr Rau), has struck a positive chord with City of Unley Mayor Lachlan Clyne, who has spearheaded the Council’s push to have a role in determining the use of the Adelaide Parklands.
Council last night determined to consider an allocation of up to $150k in the 2014/15 budget deliberations for partnering with Adelaide City Council in the establishment of a fenced dog park in the South Park Lands.
With open space so precious in Unley and community debates rage every time there is a proposal for dog use in any of our parks this is a timely initiative.
Certainly it takes the heat off of some parks in Unley that were being investigate as possible future dog parks. This in included Goodwood South’s very own Page Park. Page Park being made an exclusive dog area would no have been good as far as this little puppy is concerned. The news that we will look at the South Parklands comes therefore as good news.
This means Council’s administration can progress discussions with Adelaide City Council regarding a funding partnership to establish a fenced dog park in the South Park Lands.
It is far from a fait accompli however as all we have done is get it into the budget process. Therefore. Watch this space.
Use of sponsorship was the suggestion put last night at Council to solve the perennial problem of our park located poo bags being always out of stock.
We received last night a report on the progress of the first year of our current three year Animal Management Plan.The poo bag situation was an opportunity to provide some levity into the night.
Features of the report included we have passed our goals for micro-chipping of dogs, and for the numb er of complaints received about dogs. We had a 100% enforcement success rate where prosecutions were pursued, a total of one case that is. 20 dog attacks were reported for the year (0.05% of the population; our goal being 0.01%). The rate for reclaiming dogs found, or new homes being found was 84%, up from the goal of 70%.
There was also the some total of one complaint against a cat.
So all in all it seems we have moved along pretty well with our 3 year management plan.
And who knows, coming to a park near you, some bright spark in our administration might pick up on the sponsorship thought.