It is better to have a smaller number of dogs that are well cared for, rather than a larger number that are poorly cared for.
De-sexing is important for a number of reasons. Most importantly, it reduces the number of unwanted dogs in the future. Dogs that are de-sexed also tend to be better behaved. They are less inclined to wander and get into fights. De-sexed dogs are also healthier. Dogs that are not de-sexed have a higher chance of wounds from fighting and a much higher chance of getting cancers as they get older.
Temporary de-sexing can be achieved through injection. Permanent de-sexing is achieved through surgery. Aurukun Shire Council engages a qualified vet to visit every two to three months, and de-sexing of pets is free for indigenous residents and free for non-indigenous residents who have resided in Aurukun prior to 1 January 2013.
Parasite control is important not only for the health of pets, but also public health. Residents are encouraged to purchase flea and tick collars to discourage fleas and ticks. Council officers are able to provide regular chemical treatments for internal and external parasites including worms, fleas, ticks and mange.
Registration of dogs is required under council regulations. Registration fees for 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2019, are as follows:
- Dogs de-sexed permanently by surgery – FREE
- Dogs de-sexed temporarily by injection – FREE
- Dogs not de-sexed – $40.00
Pensioner’s Discount of 50% applies to these registration fees.
Under council regulations, each household on land of 450 square metres is normally only permitted to own two dogs. Special application may be made to the council if residents believe they have reasonable grounds to own more.
Control of dogs is required under council regulations. In public places, dogs should be on leashes. Aggressive dogs must be confined to the owner’s properties or otherwise suitably restrained.
Further details can be obtained by contacting the Animal Control Officer at Animal.Control@aurukun.gov.qld.au or the Aurukun Shire Council office.