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Council has many responsibilities for the keeping of animals throughout the Shire – promoting responsible pet ownership, animals in public places or considering relevant animal related development applications.
Council is not however the appropriate regulatory authority for dealing with issues of animal welfare or cruelty, but provides this information from the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) to assist residents in helping to ensure positive outcomes for animals living across the Shire.
Examples of cruel acts which could form the basis of a complaint are:
If you suspect or witness cruelty to an animal, you should directly contact one of the animal cruelty enforcement agencies. These agencies are:
Animal Cruelty complaints can be made online to the RSPCA here.
If this is an emergency situation, please call RSPCA NSW on either 1300 CRUELTY (1300 278 358), 02 9770 7555 or Bowral Police on 02 4862 9299 immediately.
An inspector will investigate the complaint, and make a decision based on the evidence he/she can find as to what will be done. The inspector may take one or more of the following actions:
The inspector may then re-visit to ensure that directions or advice have been followed, and if they have not, may elect to take other action.
According to the RSPCA, it can take only 6 minutes for a dog to die in a hot car.
For further information about keeping your best mate safe or if you see a dog suffering in a hot car, visit the RSPCA website.