Understanding Dog Laws for Responsible Dog Owners
Summary of the Government legislation which applies to dogs and the dog owners.
What does the Dog Act cover?
The Act addresses the registration of dogs, the keeping of dogs in the community and the legal obligations of dog owners.
The Act applies to all canines. This includes dingoes and dog/dingo crossbreeds.
Who enforces the Act?
The Act is enforced by local governments within their respective districts.
Why do these obligations apply?
Everyone who owns a dog has a responsibility to ensure that the dog is properly cared for. In addition, it is important that dog owners handle their animals in a way that respects other people in the community.
What are the legal responsibilities for dog owners?
If you own a dog, you have a legal responsibility to keep the animal under control, either within a fenced area on your property or on a leash when in public.
Local governments can set out dog exercise areas where dogs can be taken off a lead without penalty. Please contact your local government for further details on the exercise areas in your district.
Is my Dog allowed to bark?
While dogs are allowed to bark, they are not allowed to bark excessively in a way that causes a nuisance.
According to the government fact sheet there is a Barking dogs Penalty of $200 – 5,000
What if my Dog poop's in a public place?
Dog droppings are a source of annoyance to the users of footpaths and public recreation areas.
Most local governments have local laws in place that require a dog owner to remove their dog’s droppings if the dog excretes in a public area. The penalty for failing to do this will vary between districts.
According to the government fact sheet there is a Dog droppings penalty $50 up to 5,000
What if my Dog bites?
A dog attack is a very serious matter. In addition to harming other animals, a violent dog can inflict serious injury on children or the elderly.
If your dog attacks a person or another animal, you can be held responsible even if you are not there at the time.
When do I have to register my Dog?
A dog owner is legally required to register the dog with the appropriate local government once the dog is 3 months or older.
To register your dog, contact your local government for a registration form and a list of applicable fees.
According to the government fact sheet the penalty for an unregistered dog over the age of 3 months is $200
Do Dogs have to wear a registration tag?
A registered dog is required to wear a collar with a valid registration tag. This tag will be issued by your local government when you pay your registration fee.
According to the government fact sheet the registration tag penalty is $200
When do I have to get my Dog microchipped?
All dogs must be microchipped once they reach 3 months of age.
Non-microchipped dogs cannot be sold or transferred to a new owner. This rule applies even if the dog is under 3 months of age.
Pre Paid Microchip Vouchers are available online Click here
According to the government fact sheet the penalty for an un-microchipped dog over the age of 3 months is $200 – 5,000
Dogs may be exempt from receiving a microchip if they cannot receive one due to medical grounds. In those situations, the owner will need to obtain a medical exemption certificate from a registered vet.
What Government concessions are available for pensioners or low income earners?
Local Government Concessions Pensioners receive a discount on local government registration fees. Contact your local Shire – Council for more information.
Where can I get more information?
For more information, including tips for being a responsible cat owner, visit the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries website or contact your local government. (shire – council)
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