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New State laws to be introduced in July

On 1 July 2018 new laws around cat and dog care and management will come into effect.

The laws and rules include: 

  • Mandatory microchipping of cats and dogs
  • Desexing of dogs and cats born after the 1 July 2018
  • New rules for breeders who sell dogs and cats
  • Introduction of a State-wide database, called Dogs and Cats Online.

These new laws and rules will simplify dog registration process, make it easier to reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners, help identify and put a stop to puppy farms and reduce euthanasia rates.

Find out everything you need to know about the new laws here and head over to the Dog and Cat Management Board website  for more information.

 

ChipBlitz

ChipBlitz is a program run by Lost Pets of South Australia. They offer affordable microchipping for just $10 each pet. This is very useful to know as new laws are soon to kick in that make microchipping your dog and cat mandatory. 

There is estimated to be 4.2million dogs in Australia, that’s 19 dogs for every 100 people. Cats come in second with an estimated 3.3mThere is estimated to be 4.2million dogs in Australia, that’s 19 dogs for every 100 people. Cats come in second with an estimated 3.3million in Australia. That’s 15 cats for every 100 people! That’s a lot of cats and dogs!

The simple fact is a microchipped pet has a better chance of getting home quicker than one that isn’t. A pet that is able to be returned directly to their owner also decreases the enormous burden on our shelters holding lost pets and reduces the cost to local councils. illion in Australia. That’s 15 cats for every 100 people! That’s a lot of cats and dogs!

The program is a 'pop-up' store service and frequents community spaces and council areas. 

Find out if there is one coming to a place near you by going to ChipBlitz website.

 

Dog Registrations

All dogs aged three months or over must be registered. This is to make sure we can easily identify your dog if it is found wandering or lost. 

New owners have 14 days to register their dog once they become responsible for the dog and must also ensure the dog is wearing a current registration disc if it leaves the property. Dog registrations are due from 1 July and must be renewed by 31 August each year and our fees for 2018/19 can be found here. 

For information on these responsibilities click here to view the Dog Owners Handbook , a link from the Good Dog SA website.

For more information on dog limits and specifications for the Wakefield Regional Council district, please view the Council By-Law. If for any reason you wish to apply for an exemption for the By-Law, you will need to submit a By-Law Exemption Form  to the Council office.

You can also view our Animal Management Plan 2017-2022(216 kb) which aims to promote responsible ownership of dogs and cats, animal welfare and the benefits of animal companionship.

 

Barking Dogs

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? 

Dog barking is one of the most commonly reported problems to Council. Barking is a perfectly natural and common behavior 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 the Good Dog SA Barking Information Sheet. For more information about owning a dog, visit the Dog and Cat Management Board website on http://www.dogandcatboard.com.au/

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