Local Laws

De-Sexing Your Dogs

Community safety is a priority for the Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council (Council). To achieve this, Council endeavors to work with our Community to educate pet owners on the responsibilities and requirements of owning a pet.

To assist the Community in achieving this, Council offers incentives and two key areas have been identified: Reducing the de-sexed animal registration fee and offering two de-sexing programs per year.  Although it is not compulsory to de-sex your pet, it is encouraged.

Benefits of de-sexing: Females

  1. Reduces the risk of mammary tumours.
  2. Eliminates the risk of tumours in the ovaries, uterus and cervix.
  3. Prevents other medical conditions such as pyometra.

Benefits of de-sexing: Males

  1. Reduces the risk of prostatic diseases.
  2. Reduces the risk of perianaltumours.
  3. Eliminates the risk of testicular cancers.
  4. Reduces wandering and aggression.

Myths about de-sexing your animal‍

Females should have a litter before being de-sexed — For your pet’s health this is not true, spaying a dog before her first heat will greatly reduce the risk of mammary cancer.

De-sexing will make my pet put onweight. — De-sexing is done at an age when rapid puppy growth is decreasing and diet control is necessary. Overfeeding and lack of exercise will cause your pet to gain weight.

Wandering Dogs

The Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council (NASC) encourages all dog owners to provide a proper enclosure to contain their dog/s on their property.

Animals that are not safely contained on private property can create a number of risks to themselves or the community including:
Becoming a traffic hazard for motorists.

  • Injuring themselves, persons or other animals.
  • Being a danger to wildlife and displaying territorial aggression.
  • Mating with other animals.
  • Having an increased risk of contracting and spreading diseases.
  • Becoming a bite risk to innocent people and animals with owners facing Regulatory action of a menace/attack.

Community Rights

People in the community have a right to live without interference from other people’s pets.  Unaccompanied animals roaming the streets pose a risk and all residents have a right to feel safe in their community without fear of attack, disease or unsanitary conditions.

The Local Laws Notice can be found by clicking the link below. The Napranum Aboriginal Shire Council endorsed new Local Laws during the meeting of December 2018 which has replaced previous By-Laws.

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