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Dog and Cat Management

 

When do I have to register my dog?
Do I have to register my cat?
How much does it cost to register my dog?
Is there a limit to the number of dogs and cat I can have?
How do I make a complaint about a barking dog?
What do I do if I have lost my dog or cat?
What are the charges relating to seizure and detention of dogs?
What expiations can be issued by the Council?
Can I request my dog or cat be destroyed by the Council?
How can I adopt a dog or cat from the pound?
Further Information

 

When do I have to register my dog?

All dogs within the District Council of Ceduna area must be registered at the age of 3 months, for initial/new dog registrations the owner must come to the District Council of Ceduna's Administration office to fill in an initial dog registration form. One valid piece of identification is required to initially register a dog.

Do I have to register my cat?

Cats do not require registration within the District Council of Ceduna.

How much does it cost to register my dog?

The fees for dog registration are set by the Dog and Cat Management Board.

Fees for the 2017/2018 financial year are as follows:

  • Standard yearly fee $60
  • Desexed dogs (-40%) (veterinary certificate of proof required to claim)
  • Microchipped dogs (-10%) (veterinary certificate of proof required to claim)
  • Trained dogs (-10%) (proof required)
  • Rebate for concession card holder (-50%)
  • Working dogs (-70%) Please see note below

Description of a working dog: Dogs principally used for droving or tending of stock eg. Border Collie, Kelpie

Rebate for Pension Concession & Concession Card: Vaild forms of Concession, Aged Pension Concession & Seniors Card Holders only.

Dog re-registration methods of payment

All dog registration renewals are due by the 31st of August each year. A renewal notice will be issued prior to this, you must complete a  6.1012 Appication to Council to Amend a Dog Registration form if you are moving to ensure that the renewal notice is posted to the correct location

The District Council of Ceduna offers a variety of easy and convenient payment methods:

Payment by Internet

Please use our secure Online Payment Site to pay by credit card (Visa and MasterCard only). Have your renewal notice handy as you will need your Animal Number to complete the payment.

Payment by Phone

Call Council on 08 8625 3407 (Visa or MasterCard only).

Paying in Person

Present your renewal notice payment slip at the District Council of Ceduna, 44 O'Loughlin Tce, Ceduna.
Pay by Cash, Cheque, Money Order, EFTPOS or Credit Card (Visa or MasterCard only).

By Post

Post your payment slip with your cheque or money order made payable to District Council of Ceduna, to PO Box 175, Ceduna SA 5690. Alternatively complete your credit card details on the slip provided at the bottom of your renewal notice (Visa or MasterCard only).

Is there a limit on how many dogs or cats I can have?

Yes, there is a limit of two dogs and two cats that can be kept on any premises within a township area of the Council. No person shall, without obtaining the written permission of the Council, keep any dog on any premises where these numbers are exceeded.

The limit does not apply to areas within the district zoned as rural living.

 
How do I make a complaint about a barking dog?

Under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 the person who owns or is responsible for the control of the dog is guilty of an offence if the dog (either alone or together with other dogs, whether or not in the same ownership) creates a noise, by barking or otherwise, which persistently occurs or continues to such a degree or extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of a person.

To enable Council officers to act on issues, a written complaint is required from those persons directly affected. The complaint will then be assessed by Council officers.

 
What do I do if I have lost my dog or cat?

If your dog or cat is missing contact the District Council of Ceduna. Council staff will be able to advise you if your dog is at the pound and if not will take your details in the event your dog is found.

Under the Dog and Cat Management Act if a dog is not claimed within 72 hours it becomes Council property.

If your dog is registered and wearing a collar you will be contacted to advise you that your dog is at the pound and of any charges and expiations that may apply.


What are the charges relating to seizure and detention of dogs?

Under Section 64 of the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 the Council may recover charges payable under the regulations in relation to the seizing and detention of a dog.

Section 62 - A person is not entitled to the return of a dog unless they provide satisfactory evidence that he/she owns or is responsible for the dog, or is authorised to receive the dog by a person who owns or is responsible for the control of the dog and, in the case of an unregistered dog, the dog must be registered before leaving the pound.

Part 3 of the Schedule 2 of the Regulations state:

  • For the initial seizure and detention of a dog - $80.00
  • For each 24hr or part thereof during which the dog is detained at the pound - $25.00

Please note: These fees are in relation to the seizing and detaining of the dog only and are determined at a State Government level.


What expiations can be issued by the Council?

Council may issue the following expiations (e.g. fines) in relation to offences committed under the Dog and Cat Management Act:

  • Dog defecating in a public place and the person responsible not removing the faeces - $210.00
  • Dog with no collar and no registration disc in a public place - $170.00
  • Dog wandering at large - $210.00
  • Dog in the grounds of a school - $ 315.00
  • Dog within a shop (excluding disability dogs) - $315.00
  • Dog rushing or chasing a car - $315.00
  • Dog persistenly barking - $315.00
  • Dog attaching, chasing, harassing or endangering the health or person, animal or bird- $315.00
  • Dog casusing injury to a person/property who is lawfully on the property- $315.00
  • Dog of a prescribed breed not desexed - Maximum penalty $5,000.00
  • Sale or gift of a dog of a prescribed breed - Maximum penalty $5,000.00

Under the Dog and Cat Management Act prescribed breed means any of the following breeds:

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Fila Braziliero
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentina
  • Presa Canario
 
Can I request my dog or cat be destroyed by the Council?

A voluntary request can be made by an owner for destruction of a dog or cat. The fee is $50.00 including GST.


How can I adopt a dog or cat from the pound?

If you are interested in adopting a dog from the pound please see the Impounded Animals page in Related Links column and contact the District Council of Ceduna  to make an appointment to view a dog. There is no fee applicable beyond registering the dog.

Further Information

For further information on dogs and cats within the Council area see Council By-Law No.4 - Dogs and Cats in the Related Links column or contact the District Council of Ceduna.

For further information on the Dog and Cat Management Act, plus lots of information on caring for your animals see the Dog and Cat Management Board website www.dogandcatboard.com.au .

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District Council of Ceduna
44 O'Loughlin Terrace
(PO Box 175) Ceduna SA 5690
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