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Changes to the Law

Changes to the Legislation

Over the last year, South Australia’s dog and cat laws have undergone significant reform. The implications of these changes are wide-reaching, affecting owners, breeders, sellers, and local government alike.

Changes to the legislation include:

(Changes commence 1st July 2017 unless stated otherwise)

 

  • Council may seize or detain a dog if:
    • The owner has a Prohibition Order
    • There is a breach of Control Order

 

  • Increased penalties for non-compliance with the Act:
Unregistered dog (over 3 months of age) $170.00
Continuing offence for unregistered dog $170.00
Failure to notify of changes to business registration $210.00
Failure to notify council of change to owner/location/etc $210.00
Failure to microchip dog or cat $170.00
Further offence for failure to microchip dog or cat $170.00
Dogs must collar & registration disc $170.00
Failure to desex dog or cat (where required) $170.00
Further offence for failign to desex $315.00
Stray Dog/Dog Wandering at large $210.00
Dog attack or harassment $315.00
Transporting unrestrained dogs in vehicle $210.00
Dog attack on person lawfully entering premises $315.00
Dog at School/Kindergarten/Child Care/Pre-School $315.00
Dog in shop without permission from shopkeeper $315.00
Dog barking or otherwise creating a nuisance $315.00
Failure to remove faeces $315.00
Failure of Breeder to register dog before sale $315.00
Failure of Breeder to microchip dog/cat before sale $315.00
Failure of Breeder to desex dog/cat before sale $315.00
Offence to interfere with identification of dog/cat $315.00
Greyhound without muzzle of off lead $315.00

Control Orders

Contravention of Control Order $500.00
Failure to notify Council (attacks/death/missing/etc) $210.00
Failure to notify Council (transfer area) $210.00
Failure to notify new owner $210.00
     

Prescribed Breeds Offences

(List of Prescribed Breeds under Dog Management Tab)

Unregistered $750.00
Continue to be unregistered $750.00
Failure to microchip $750.00
Further offence for failure to microchip $750.00
Failure to desex $750.00
Further offence for failure to desex $750.00
Stray dog/Wandering at large $750.00
Dog attack/harassment $750.00
Attacking a person lawfully entering premises $750.00
Dog at School/Kindergarten/Child Care/Pre-School $750.00
Dog in shop without shopkeepers permission $750.00
Failure to remove faeces $750.00
Dog not muzzled/off lead/not confined to premises $750.00

 

Control Orders – Prescribed Breeds

 

Contravention of Control Order $750.00
Failure to notify Council (attacks/death/missing/etc) $750.00
Failure to notify Council (transfer area) $750.00
Failure to notify new owner $750.00

 

  • Changes to the dog registration categories and fee setting:
New Registrations FREE
Non-Standard Dog (General Registration) $56.00
Desexed Only $33.50
Microchipped Only $50.50
Obedience Trained Only $50.50
Standard Dog (Microchipped/Desexed $28.00
Desexed/ Trained $28.00
Microchipped/Trained $45.00
Trained Standard Dog (Chipped/Desexed/Trained) $22.50

 

Concession Registrations

Non-Standard Dog (General Registration) $28.00
Desexed Only $16.80
Microchipped Only $25.00
Obedience Trained Only $25.00
Standard Dog (Microchipped/Desexed) $14.00
Desexed/Trained $14.00
Microchipped/Trained $22.50
Trained Standard Dog (Chipped/Desexed/Trained) $11.20

Other Rebates

Working Dog (for tending/droving of livestock only $14.30
Business Registration (cost/dog for kennels/breeders $33.70
Racing Greyhound (SAGRB) $14.30
Accredited Assistance Dog FREE

 

Other Fees

Transfer of Registration FREE
Replacement Registration Disc $2.00
Late Registration Fee (applied from 1 September) $10.00

 

  • Mandatory Microchipping of: (commencing 1st July 2018)
    • Cats over 12 weeks of age
    • Dogs over 12 weeks of age
    • Within 28 days of change of ownership of cat or dog

 

  • Mandatory Desexing of: (commencing 1st July 2018)
    • New generations of cats before 6 months of age
    • New generations of dogs before 6 months of age
    • Within 28 days of change of ownership of a cat or dog
    • Unregistered dogs will be treated as a new generation & must be desexed

 

  • Breeders/Sellers must:
    • Be registered with the Dog & Cat Management Board.
    • comply with the Code of Practice (being developed by DEWNR)
    • include Breeder registration number in advert
    • Desexing & Microchipping has occurred prior to sale

 

  • Sale of Cats or Dogs must:
    • All dogs and cats that are sold must be Desexed and Microchipped before sale.
    • Include Breeder Registration Number in ad (sale of litters)
    • Be Desexed prior to the sale (regardless of age)
    • Be Microchipped prior to the sale (regardless of age)

 

  • Orders & Control Orders
    • Can be made by Courts for any breach of the Act (Orders).
    • Can be made by the Dog & Cat Management Board (Control Orders).
    • Can now include the requirement for the owner/dog to attend training.
    • Can be made if a dog has attacked, harassed, or chased a person, animal, or bird, or is likely to do so.

 

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