Restrictions on Pet Ownership in Multi-Owned Properties
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Australia is a nation of pet owners with over sixty per cent of households including at least one companion animal. Yet despite the prevalence of companion animals, they are unevenly located across housing forms. Compared with detached privately owned housing, strata title developments have been particularly restrictive to pet-keeping. Drawing on qualitative research from Sydney, Australia, this chapter examines how pet ownership and practices of neighbouring apartments are shaped by the responsibilities that accompany pet-keeping. It highlights how pets can bring neighbours together, but also identifies likely points of tension. The chapter reviews the governance of pets through strata title and ethical implications of such governance. It reflects on the responsibilities of pet owners as well as those of the broader community of owners.
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