It’s easy to get caught in a legal grey area when it comes to pet overpopulation.
The problem is that pet owners who are trying to avoid a fine can end up getting charged with overpopulation if their pets are out of control, even though their behaviour is not an offence under the legislation.
The key to avoiding legal trouble is to be clear that your pet’s behaviour does not amount to a criminal offence, and that they are a legal resident and not a nuisance.
A pet overfeeding in a hotel or other large gathering will not get you fined, but if you have your own pet, you may need to pay a fine to the local authority, if the behaviour is causing a nuisance or causing an emergency.
You can also have the local authorities investigate your pet.
However, if your pet is not a resident and you do not know if your animal is a resident, it may be worth contacting the local council for advice on whether your pet will be charged for overpopulation.
What to do If you’re unsure whether your animal will be fined, contact the local police to make sure they have a clear list of pet overstays and overpopulation cases, including any pet owners with a history of overpopulation, and their contact details.
If you do get caught, you can apply for a pet overstay notice from the local dog and cat shelter, which will tell the authorities the date your pet has been out of town, how long the pet has stayed, and any actions taken against your pet to stop the animal from overpopulation or to enforce the law.
The shelter can then make arrangements to send you a written notice of your pet overspending if you need to go to court to enforce your pet fines.
The notice is likely to give the police enough time to gather the details and make a decision on whether to issue a fine.
For more information, contact your local council.