Don't forget your pets this winter! 2017

Published on 06 June 2017


Don’t forget your pets this winter!
Media Release

Winter is now upon us and the temperature is dropping! With the weather getting colder, Gannawarra Shire Council is encouraging residents to remember their pets during the cooler months.

Mayor Brian Gibson says it’s important for pet owners to continue spending time with their furry friends and ensuring they are warm and safe.

“If it is too wet or cold to take them for a walk, try to spend some time undercover with your pet. Alternatively, ask a friend, relative or pet carer to visit your home to give your dog some company,” Mayor Gibson says.

“Unfortunately pets can easily become lonely and bored. They need stimulation and attention, and if these needs aren’t addressed, dogs start barking, digging, destroying gardens and furniture or escaping from the property.”

If your dog gets anxious when left alone, speak to your vet or an animal behaviourist. 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.

There are many websites available with advice on ways to spend time with, or entertain your four-legged friend, is a great place to start.

“I would remind pet owners that fines and potential legal action can occur if their animal is barking and causing a nuisance, not securely confined to their property, or if it attacks another dog or a person,” Mayor Gibson explains.

For more information please contact Council on 5450 9333.

For more information please contact Council on 5450 9333 or visit council’s website


Date:  5 June 2017

Media contact: Katrina Thorne T. 03 5450 9333 M. 0409 616 627