Suzanne Gardner with her border collie, Jenny.
Frankston residents will be asked over the next two months whether cats should be allowed to roam outside their owner’s property, whether dogs should be allowed off the leash on beaches, and whether dogs should be allowed in the Frankston City centre. It will consider the responses at a meeting in July.
Deputy Mayor Nathan Conroy said there were 5395 cats and 15,148 dogs registered with the council, and it was important that laws were in place “to guide and support owners’ management of their pets so pets can live in harmony with neighbours, the wider community, wildlife and the environment”. Frankston dog lover Suzanne Gardner said dogs added to the well-being of residents, which was particularly evident during last year’s lockdowns.
Meanwhile, the Shire has started following up unregistered pets after owners were required to have registered their cats and dogs by April 10. It costs $50 a year to register a desexed dog or cat, with discounts for pension card holders; the fine for owning an unregistered dog or cat is $330.