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Dog and Cat Management Plan 2018 - 2023
Council's new Dog and Cat Management Plan came into effect on 25 July 2018. This Plan provides guidance for the management of dogs and cats across the region for the next 5 years and has been prepared in accordance with the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 and subsequently approved by the Dog and Cat Management Board.
Dog and Cat Reforms
New laws for dog and cat owners and breeders were introduced in South Australia on 1 July 2018. These changes are designed to improve dog and cat management and welfare and are the result of years of planning and public consultation.
Compulsory Microchipping and Desexing
From 1 July 2018 it is compulsory for all dogs and cats to be microchipped and all dogs and cats born after 1 July 2018 to be desexed. Microchipping is a safe and permanent way to identify your dog and cat. The procedure is quick, with no ongoing discomfort and can only be carried out by a trained, authorised implanter.
Further information about these changes is available by reading the Dog and Cat Reforms 2018 or by visiting http://dogandcatboard.com.au/news/new-dog-and-cat-laws-handy-overview
Compulsory Breeder Registration
From 1 July 2018, anyone that breeds a dog or cat for sale or trade must register as a breeder with the Dog and Cat Management Board. The pre-registry form can be accessed on the Dog and Cat Board's website.
All dogs aged three months or over must be registered with your local Council. The purpose of this is to provide quick and easy identification of your dog, should it be found wandering or become lost. It is an offence for a registered dog not to wear a current registration disc, unless it is confined to the premises occupied by the person responsible for the dog. New owners have 14 days to register their dog once they take ownership or become responsible for the dog.
To find out more, please read the Dog Registration Information Sheet
Dog Registration Fees
To register your dog, please visit the Dog and Cats Online website.
Change of Address
If your address, postal address or contact details have changed please click here to notify council:
Or complete the following form and return to Council: Advice to Registrar of Dogs - Change of Details
Your Dog and the Law
Dogs are great family pets and more often than not are treated like a member of the family. However, there are certain requirements of responsible dog ownership. By following these requirements dogs and humans can live in safety and harmony:
- Dogs on leads
- 'Picking up' after your dog
- Dogs in utes
- Limit of dogs on premises
- Barking dogs
For information of these responsiblities click here to view 'Your Dog and the Law Information Sheet'
The Act & Regulations: Dog and Cat Management Act
Dog attacks and bites are becoming too common, particularly involving young children. Council strives to prevent and reduce the number of dog attacks and dog harassment cases, but co-operation from dog owners and members of the public is necessary.
While educating children and adults on how to behave around dogs is the most effective way to reduce the risk of dog attacks and bites, it is imperative dog owners take full responsibility for their dog. Serious dog ownership leads to a reduction in serious dog attacks.
The Dog and Cat Management Act contains offences for which the owner responsible for control of the dog can be fined. If your dog attacks a person or an animal, severe consequences could result.
If you wish to report a dog attack/incident please contact Council's General Inspector on 8525 3200.
For more information click here to view 'Dog Attacks Information Sheet'
Dogs make wonderful pets and companions for people of all ages. But what do you do if your dog is becoming a nuisance to your neighbours due to excessive barking? Did you know that dog barking is one of the most commonly reported problems to Council?
Barking is a perfectly natural and common behaviour in dogs. However, excessive, prolonged or repetitive barking is an issue that needs to be addressed.
As a dog owner you are responsible for making sure your dog’s barking does not become a problem. It is your responsibility to take control of the well-being of your dog, including its physical and mental well-being.
For more information about Barking Dogs click here to view 'Keeping Your Dog Happy Information Sheet'
Dogs Wandering at Large
Council is committed to re-connecting lost dogs with their owners whenever possible. To assist with this, it is imperative that dogs are registered and display both their registration discs and ideally, their owner's contact information.
Wandering dogs are collected by Council during office hours and through to 6:00 pm. If after hours or on a weekend then the dog must be contained before Council attendance. Please contact Council's General Inspector on 8525 3200 to advise when assistance is required.
After 6:00 pm and up to 9:00 pm, wandering dogs can be reported to council via 8525 3200. After 9:00 pm a voicemail message can be left for follow up the next morning at 8:30 am. If a wandering dog has been secured by a member of the public after hours, please advise Council.
If a found dog has a registration disc, Council's General Inspector can look up the owner's details and try to contact them to arrange collection of the dog. If the owner can not be contacted, arrangements will be made by Council to collect the dog early the next working day.
If Council is not available and the finder of a wandering dog cannot make any arrangements for holding the dog overnight, then you can phone The University of Adelaide Veterinary Health Centre at Roseworthy Campus on 8313 1999, who will try to assist you with holding the dog for Council to collect the next morning.
Otherwise, if a wandering dog is collected by a member of the public and features registration and contact information, please contact the owner to arrange for their collection. Members of the public can also utilise social media sites and pages such as Facebook to try and contact the owner of a wandering dog.
For further information please contact Council's General Inspector on telephone 8525 3200 or after hours on mobile 0428 440 076. If dialling Council's mobile, please call our General Inspectors first before sending a text message.
If a member of the public has a situation involving a dangerous or attacking dog and Council's General Inspector cannot be contacted, then please call the South Australian Police on 131 444 for assistance.
For further information and fact sheets relating to Dogs please refer to Good Dog SA
Alternatively, please complete an Online Customer Request Form