Animal Control

Dogs

Microchipping

Microchipping of all dogs is now compulsory as follows:

  • From 1 November 2013, all new dogs and dogs on change of ownership must be microchipped.
  • By 30 November 2013 all dangerous dogs, which includes restricted breeds, dogs declared dangerous and commercial security dogs, must be microchipped.
  • By 1 November 2015, all other dogs must be microchipped.

Registration

All dogs over the age of three months must be registered from the 1st November each year. Registration periods are for one year, three years or lifetime.

Dog Registration Form

Please print this form, complete and forward to the Shire.

**Proof of sterilisation and micro-chipping must accompany the dog registration form.

Laws for Responsible Dog Owners

Noise complaints

Complaints about noise from barking dogs are common, and whilst it is impossible to always keep your dog quiet, it is your responsibility to ensure that it does not become a nuisance to your neighbours.

Dog attacks

Rangers are required to investigate dog attacks on people, pets and livestock and issue Infringement Notices or instigate prosecutions if appropriate. The Dog Act includes substantial penalties for all offences. It also requires that the means to effectively confine your dog exist within your premises.

Impounded dogs

Impounded dogs are kept at the pound facility in Donnybrook. To reclaim your dog you must first pay all fees involved at Shire’s Administration Centre. Your dog will be released once these fees are paid. If your dog is not registered you will also be required to pay the applicable registration fee.

Cats

The Cat Act 2011

In 2012 the State Government introduced the Cat Act, requiring sterilisation and registration of all domestic cats in Western Australia. Implementation of all provisions of the Cat Act came into effect on 1 November 2013 and apply to all domestic cats in the state.

What does this mean for you as a cat owner?

All cats over the age of six months must be sterilised, micro-chipped and registered with the Shire.

  • Cats over the age of six months must be sterilised
    • Exemption to this provision may be applicable to approved/registered Cat breeders
    • Cats must be at least twelve weeks of age to be sterilised (the Shire provides $?? discount vouchers for sterilisation at local ……to Pension and HealthCare Card Holders. The discount vouchers must be obtained from the Shire administration office prior to visiting the local vet)
  • Cats over the age of six months must be micro chipped
  • Cats over the age of six months must be registered with their local government (all registrations are due on 31 October and can be renewed for either one, three years or lifetime)
  • Cats must wear a collar with identification and registration tags
  • Council recommends that you contain your cat within the boundary of your property

Laws for Responsible Cat Owners

Cat Registration Form

Registration Fees

Description Fee Pensioner
1 Year $20.00 $10.00
3 Years $42.50 $21.25
Lifetime $100.00 $50.00
Breeding Cat (Male/Female)- Only available to approved breeders $100.00 (annual fee charged on initial application and yearly renewal / cat). This is in addition to registration as per fees above No Pensioner Discount on this fee

 

Livestock

It is the responsibility of the stock owner to contain livestock within their property boundaries. The containment of livestock is imperative for the safety of the community and to reduce the spread of disease and infection.

 

Livestock Wandering at Large in Public Places

These incidents pose a significant danger to the public travelling on roads and in most cases are preventable by the provision of sufficient, appropriate and well maintained fences.

Livestock Identification

Under statutory law, all livestock is required to be identified by either branding, earmarking and by July 2005 all cattle are required to have a Radio Frequency Identification Device (RFID).

 

Wildlife

Local Government Rangers are not trained to capture wildlife. We do, however, have a list of carers and relocators that are able to assist. Wildlife is managed by the Department of Environment and Conservation that have their own rangers: http://www.dec.wa.gov.au.