Dogs, cats, neighbours and you: a new and updated guide

Media release

Pet owners can now better understand recent changes to the law on dog attacks – including the tougher penalties for dog owners – with the release of Victoria Law Foundation’s updated guide Dogs, cats, neighbours and you.

This free publication is a comprehensive guide to the laws about owning a dog or cat in Victoria, covering the basics of pet ownership, how to resolve problems with neighbours and councils’ role and powers.

Victoria Law Foundation Executive Director Joh Kirby said that issues concerning pets often end up escalating simply because people do not know what their responsibilities are or where to seek support.

'Dogs, cats, neighbours and you is an excellent source of legal information that is easy to understand and can help prevent small situations becoming larger issues,' Ms Kirby said.

For the last five years, the Dispute Settlement Centre of Victoria has received record complaints concerning animals, with pets ranking as one of its top ten disputes.

Local councils, who often bear the brunt of complaints concerning dogs and cats, have welcomed the new publication and are working with Victoria Law Foundation to ensure that it is widely available to Victorians.

Free copies of Dogs, cats, neighbours and you are now available from Victoria Law Foundation and most local councils, or you can read a copy online.

Download the guide: Dogs, cats, neighbours and you

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Melinda Scaringi, Communications Manager, Victoria Law Foundation
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This page was last updated on October 14, 2014