Domestic Animal Management Plan 2022-2026

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We need your assistance in developing the next Domestic Animal Management Plan

We are seeking input from the community on priority actions to include in the Domestic Animal Management Plan, which will guide Council on how to manage cats and dogs in the region. Your input will help to shape the draft plan’s objectives and actions.

Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, every Victorian local government must prepare a plan outlining how it will manage dogs and cats within its boundaries. The Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAMP) identifies how Council will:

  • Help pets, pet owners and the general community to live together
  • Protect the environment and local wildlife from the negative impacts of dogs and cats
  • Balance the needs of those who own pets with those who do not
  • Address animal management welfare and legal issues
  • Promote responsible pet ownership
  • Improve the experience of animal ownership.

Download the Draft Domestic Animal Management Plan(PDF, 1MB)

We are seeking community input into the Draft Domestic Animal Management Plan.

On Tuesday 24 May you can come and discuss your feedback at:

  • Apex Dog Park, Houston Street, Horsham at 10am -11:30am
  • Horsham Rural City Council Offices, 18 Roberts Avenue, Horsham from 12:00-1:30pm

You can also have your say via the online form, or by email or via mail. Submissions close 5pm on Friday 27 May.

Send your submission to email or in writing addressed to "Domestic Animal Management Plan", PO Box 511, HORSHAM VIC 3402.

Alternatively you can call Claire Edwards, the Consultant leading the Domestic Animal Management Plan consultation process between Wednesday 25 May - Friday 27 May on 0438112347 and provide input.

Project timelines

  • Phase one community consultations commenced 14 February 2022
    The initial consultation saw 301 surveys returned, 46 individual interviews and a meeting with the DAMP reference group.
  • Phase one community consultation closed 10 March 2022
  • Domestic Animal Management Plan 2022-2026 draft created (March/April 2022)
  • Phase two community consultation for draft commenced (27 April 2022)

The community are invited to make comment on the draft Plan

  • Phase two community consultation close (30 May 2022)
  • Final Domestic Animal Management Plan 2022-2026 completed by 27 June 2022