Southern Downs council allows residents to keep more pets

DOG and cat owners on the Southern Downs will now be able to keep more pets without seeking council approval.

New animal management laws, which came into place on Friday, have cut dog and cat owners a little bit of slack.

Currently only two dogs can be kept on any property without council approval.

Under the new laws, three can be kept on properties between 2000sqm and 2ha.

Only those on blocks of less than 2000sqm are restricted to two dogs without a permit.

As many as 10 dogs can be kept on properties larger than 2ha with council approval.

Property owners outside of town will also be allowed to own four cats before seeking council approval.

Cat owners in town can own two to three cats, depending on the size of their block, before needing a permit.

Animal lovers who want to apply to keep extra dogs or cats can now do so through an animal breeder permit, instead of a planning approval.

Under the current laws a planning approval to keep extra cats or dogs can set breeders back $1290.

The changes will drop that cost to $250, with an annual renewal fee of $40.



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