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Cassowary Coast Reacts To Over 1,600 Complaints About Dogs & Cats

The Cassowary Coast Regional Council is attempting to educate us on responsible pet ownership, after receiving over 1,600 complaints.

Cassowary Coast Mayor John Kremastos said it’s time to rethink what animal management is all about and get back to basics.

“Dog owners need to understand what it is that they need to do with their animals,” said Cr Kremastos.

“It's rare that you find a bad dog, more likely you find a bad owner.”

As part of the campaign, CCRC has produced the Good Dog Owners Guide – a free publication available for download from the Council website.

“The community are asking for Council to take action and this is our action - to guide owners on what they need to do to ensure we have a happier and safer community,” said Cr Kremastos.

Just last financial year, Council received 1635 animal management complaints.

“Dog complaints account for a large percentage of customer complaints and requests each year for CCRC,” said Cr Kremastos.

“This campaign aims to bring about heightened awareness of the issues surrounding dog ownership, with the goal of changing behaviour of owners and as a direct result improving the life and welfare of our four legged companions.”

For more information on being a responsible pet owner, go to the Council website

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