Don't forget your pets this winter!

Published on 18 July 2018

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Don't forget your pets this Winter!

Media Release

Winter is now upon us and Gannawarra Shire Council is encouraging residents to remember their pets during the cooler months.

Mayor Brian Gibson says it is important for pet owners to spend time with their furry friends and ensure they are warm and safe.

“If it is too wet or cold to take them for a daily walk, try to spend time undercover or inside with your pet,“ said Mayor Gibson.

“If you are out all day, or away for the weekend, ask a friend, relative or pet carer to visit your home and provide your pet with some company.”

Pets need stimulation and attention and if these needs are not addressed, dogs will start barking, digging, destroying gardens and furniture or escaping from the property.

“Pet owners should be reminded that fines and potential legal action can occur if their dog is barking and causing a nuisance, not securely confined to their property, or if an attack occurs on another dog or person,” Mayor Gibson explains.

“If your dog gets anxious when left alone, speak to your vet or an animal behaviourist,” added Mayor Gibson.

“If your lifestyle and budget allows it, consider getting a second dog for company, and ensure you understand how to safely introduce a new dog to the household.”

For advise on ways to spend time with your pets visit www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/pets/dogs/your-dogs-welfare-needs.

For more information please contact Council’s Local Laws department on 5450 9333.

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Date: 18 July 2018
Contact: Communications Officer
Email: media@gannawarra.vic.gov.au
Phone: 0409 616 627 between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Friday.