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1. Remove nuisance barking dogs

One of the basic rights that members of our society enjoy is the right to the use and enjoyment of their property.

The Queensland Parliament introduced nuisance laws as a result of amendments to the Environmental Protection Regulations 1998 (Qld). These laws give powers to local governments to investigate and deal with complaints relating to residential premises.

Investigating officers have the power to issue warning notices, abatement notices and on the spot fines of up to $600. Barking dogs are the greatest nuisance to the residents in and around James Street Maryborough and will no longer be an accepted part of neighbourhood life in the area. Local residents have put up with barking dogs longer than necessary and now wish the council to step in.

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2. Tougher Pet Ownership Laws

Most puppies and kittens are sold in pet shops are bred in 'mills' where dogs and cats are kept in sub-standard conditions and continually bred until they die. However there are also bred at home in the suburbs where there are no controls.

Cute puppies and kittens are sold or given to friends without the necessary vet inspection or the necessary de-sexing for control. The animals are then dumped when people realise the time, cost and responsibility of caring for a pet.

RSPCA statistics show that in 93-94 - 43,762 dogs were received and 50% were euthanased, 42,126 cats were received and 74% were euthanased. In 96-97 - 69,956 dogs were received and 48% were euthanased, 62,163 cats were received and 75% were euthanased. And this figure is at least doubled when the many overcrowded animal shelters all over Australia are factored in to the equation.

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