Assessing Animal Management Priorities By Survey
This survey was conducted among dog owners to identify community issues related to dog management in Townsville (Australia) and to examine community perception of these issues. The major concerns identified among residents include confinement, responsible companion animal ownership, excessive barking, aggressive dogs, restraint, and companion animal litter.
Respondents of this survey most frequently stated that current information on animal management laws could be found in newspaper articles (18%) and by direct contact with officers (18%). However, the preferred method of information dissemination was via print media. This format allows for respondents to review such information at leisure and also for retention for later use. The information specified to be the most helpful to respondents was comprehensive information on laws and penalties (43%) and other general information/advice (21%).
Also according to survey respondents, the major problems being encountered in animal management include confinement (roaming/stray dogs) (33%), responsible companion animal ownership (32%), aggressive dogs (14%), excessive barking (11%), and dogs off leash (10%).
The resulting recommendations to address the primary concerns among dog owners include:
- Restraint – construction of a fence.
- Responsible companion animal ownership – educate dog owners about what dogs are permitted to do.
- Excessive barking – mediation.
- Confinement – adequate confinement would yield minimal breaches of local law.