Residents would be forced to own up to nuisance complaints about their neighbour's dogs under management policy changes put forward by the Northern Midlands Council.
Interested residents and organisations are being encouraged to have their say on the revised dog management policy this month, which would also require a review at least once every five years.
Under the changes, any person wishing to make a complaint will be required to put their name to it, with the council proposing to no longer act on those made anonymously.
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Complainants would need to provide their name, address and contact details.
These would be kept confidential unless the matter went to court.
Though, the amendment states, "[The] complainant must be prepared to lodge a formal complaint (if required) and/or appear as a witness in any court proceedings".
The changes also include a new off-lead area in Avoca, near the river off Storys Creek Road.
Owners of dogs that are declared dangerous will have to meet "strong control provisions", with random inspections performed by Animal Control officers to ensure the dogs are being kept in accordance with requirements.
Random inspections would also be carried out to ensure those with kennel licences are meeting their conditions.
Exemptions from compulsory microchipping for racing greyhounds, working and hunting dogs tattooed by an approved organisation immediately before July 2001 will be removed.
The new changes come after amendments in August last year which saw dogs banned from being let off their leashes on all council-owned recreation grounds and several other sites across Longford, Perth, Cressy and Evandale.
The revised policy can be inspected at the Northern Midlands Council office or on its website.
Submissions are open until September 23 and must be made in writing to the general manager at PO Box 156, Longford, or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
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