It is important that all dog owners raise their pets appropriately and have respect for others in the community. This can be achieved by keeping dogs adequately confined on their properties, on a leash in public places, preventing aggressive behaviour and controlling excessive barking.
The Dog Act 1976 is administered and enforced by local governments within their respective districts. The Act addresses the control and registration of dogs; the ownership and keeping of dogs; and the obligations and rights of dog owners and others.
Everyone who is a dog owner has a responsibility to ensure that his or her dog is well looked after.