Microchipping Your Dog
From 1 July 2006 the following types of dog have to be microchipped:
- Any dog that is registered for the first time after 1 July 2006. (This does not include stock working farm dogs)
- Any dog that has been classified as menacing or dangerous on or after 1 December 2003.
- Any unregistered dog that is impounded must be microchipped prior to release to its owner.
- Any registered dog that gets impounded a second time within the one registration year must be microchipped prior to release to its owner.
Please note that dog registration and microchipping are two separate processes. You must register your dog each year, but you only need to microchip your dog once in its lifetime.
Carry a Leash
Even when exercising your dog in an off leash area or Dog Exercise Area you are required to carry a leash with you.
Every dog must wear the registration tag provided at registration time. Replacement tags are provided at a cost; proof of registration must be provided.
Control of Dog on Dog Owner's Property
An important change was made to the Dog Control Act in 2003. Dog owners are required to keep their dogs under adequate control on their own property.
The dog owner must ensure that:
- the dog is confined in a manner so that the dog cannot freely leave the property.
This does not apply where a dog is a working dog actively engaged in its purpose, in an exercise area; or is otherwise controlled on a leash by a person capable of physically restraining the dog.
Being under direct control means being with the dog. It does not mean being inside or in the back yard when the dog is in the unfenced front yard. Confined normally means behind an adequate fence or in a run or cage. Animal Control Officers may now enter private property and seize and impound dogs that are freely able to leave their property
De-sexing your dog - A humane responsibility
De-sexing your dog will help reduce your dog's urge to roam around the neighbourhood and will prevent the possibility of unwanted litters.