Domestic Pets and Animals
The Wangaratta Rural City Council is committed to ensuring responsible pet ownership throughout the municipality. There are a number of local laws to assist the community in the management of animals, from the care and registration of your pet, to dangerous or nuisance animals.
Section 68A of the Domestic (Feral and Nuisance) Animals Act 1994 requires every local Council in Victoria to prepare and maintain a Domestic Animal Management Plan (DAM plan). The Rural City of Wangaratta adopted its DAM Plan in 2008 with a review of the plan being undertaken in late 2011.
Dog registration and cat registration renewal forms are sent to animal owners in March each year and all registrations must be renewed by 10 April each year. Tags are sent out with the renewal notices, however the registration is not valid until payment is received.
Owning a pet can be great fun. It brings many rewards and pets can be a very important part of life. However, ownership also means responsibility. There are numerous local laws that aim to protect your pet's health and safety and also to protect the rights of other people and the environment.