WHILE some may have considered the April 1 implementation of South Gippsland Shire Council’s ‘Cat Curfew and Dog Leash Order’ a joke, few pet owners are laughing.
But Council has conceded it will take time before the law is truly enforced.
“It will take some time for the Local Law to align with the policies. An amnesty period will be in place while the community adjusts to the new rules,” a Council press release said.
“Council is aware of the concern by some community members about the changes, particularly with regard to the cat curfew. The introduction of the cat curfew will not change what is already law under Victorian legislation, but it will change how it can be enforced following the amnesty.
“Community members will be notified when the Local Law has been adjusted, as this requires a full review process. The amnesty will be lifted at this time and notice will also be provided to the community in preparation.”
South Gippsland Shire Council’s Manager Regulatory Services Jamie Thorley said he understood “some members of the community have been apprehensive about the upcoming cat curfew”.
“There is no specific way that owners are required to comply, only that they take precautions to ensure their cats are contained to their yard or property,” he said.
“We appreciate everyone’s patience while these new changes are implemented and as they are finalised within the Local Law.”
Community members can contact Council’s Local Laws team on 5662 9200.