Animal Faeces

A person with the care and control of an animal must immediately collect and dispose of any excrement left by that animal in a public place in a way that does not cause a nuisance to any person.

Penalty: 2 penalty units.

Health & Environmental Impacts

Some impacts of failing to clean up after your dog are as follows:

Health Impacts to Dogs

  • Parvo—virus, Distemper.
  • Canine Hepatitis, Hookworm.
  • Roundworm, Tapeworm and Whipworm.
  • Health Impacts to Humans

  • Hookworm, Tapeworm, Roundworm and Whipworm.
  • Eye infections, throat infections and gastroenteritis from swimming in polluted waterways.
  • Environmental Impacts

  • Washed into stormwater drains results in pollution of fresh waterways and spilling out into our oceans.
  • Effecting marine life and regularly closing the beaches due to the water being unsafe to swim in.
  • Amenity Impacts

  • Unsightliness.
  • Flies and Insect breeding.
  • Smell, stepping in it, riding through it and, having your front gardens and nature strip left with "deposits" if you don't have a front fence!
  • If you are affected by irresponsible dog owners not cleaning up after their dogs, a complaint can be made to Council. The following information needs to be provided to Council when making a complaint:

  • Correct address of where the dog is kept.
  • Relevant details to effectively action the complaint.

  • This information is needed so a fair and impartial investigation can be carried out. This information may also help the animal's owner understand the effects they cause on others. Council will not respond to anonymous complaints. Contact our Customer Service Officers on 03 5585 9900 or 03 5392 7700 or complete the online customer request form.

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