Cats & Dogs

Useful Web Links:

RSPCA – https://www.rspcawa.asn.au/animal-information/responsible-pet-ownership.php

Cat Registrations

Registrations periods run from 1 November to 31 October each year. The expiry date of this registration is shown on the front of the form and can also be found on your cat’s registration tag.

First time one year registrations received on or after 1 June each year are subject to a 50% concession on the fees set out below.

All cats aged six months and over must be Sterilised, Microchiped and registered. A penalty of $200 may apply.

Cats must at all times wear a current registration tag attached to their collar. This will help us reunite you with your cat should it become lost.

It is important to remember to notify the Shire of Kojonup immediately of any change of address or ownership of the cat, even if that change occurs outside the Shire of Kojonup.

Fees (As Per Legislation)

1 Year 3 Years Lifetime
$20 $42.50 $100

 

Cat Act 2011 – Local Government Editorial

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Cat Act 2011

Editorial for Local Governments to use as educational material in newsletters, website etc

From 1 November 2013, the full Cat Act 2011 takes effect and will require all cats that have reached six months of age to be sterilised, microchipped and registered with their relevant local government.

Local Government Minister Tony Simpson said the aim was to reduce the thousands of stray cats being euthanised each year and to provide for responsible cat ownership.

“The legislation will also help address the large stray and feral cat population that causes a nuisance, damages property and kills wildlife.”

Each local government is responsible for administering and enforcing the legislation.

For more information on how the Cat Act 2011 will affect you and your feline friend, visit the Department of Local Government’s Responsible Cat Ownership webpage.

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Responsible cat ownership checklist

Even though the laws do not commence until November 2013, as a responsible pet owner you are still encouraged to:

  • Keep your cat confined to your property, especially at night.
  • Ensure your cat is easily identifiable with a collar and a name tag.
  • Microchip your cat.
  • Sterilise your cat.
  • Vaccinate your cat.

Impending Cat Laws
Frequently asked questions relating to the impending new Cat laws.

Responsible Cat Ownership
Find out more about the new Cat Laws.

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DOG REGISTRATIONS

Being a responsible dog owner means making sure that your pet is registered and microchipped. This is not only a legal requirement but it makes it much easier for lost dogs to be reunited with their owners.

Recent changes to the Dog Act 1976 has placed additional responsiblities on Western Australian dog owners. For more information, please follow the link below.

Department of Local Government – responsible dog ownership information page

Dog Registration

All dogs over the age of three months must be registered. Dog registrations fall due on 31 October each year and can be paid in person at the Shire’s Administration Office (93-95 Albany Highway, Kojonup).

Working dog concession (75% discount on the non-discounted fees below) is available to registered primary producers or persons using dogs for the droving or tending of stock. (Proof of primary producer status may be required.)

Registration fees for dogs are as follows:

Sterilised Unsterilised
1 Year 3 Years Lifetime   1 Year 3 Years Lifetime
Dog or Bitch $20.00 $42.50 $100.00 Dog or Bitch $50.00 $120.00 $250.00
Working Dog or Bitch $5.00 $10.60 $25.00 Working Dog or Bitch $12.50 $30.00 $62.50
Pensioner Concession Rate $10.00 $21.25 $50.00 Pensioner Concession Rate $25.00 $60.00 $125.00

Click the following link to download a dog registration application form:

 

Animal Control – Fees & Charges

Destruction and Disposal of Dog $125.00
Seizure of a Dog without Impounding $75.00
Seizure and Impounding of a Dog $110.00
Sustenance Fee (per day or part thereof) $20.00
Dog Trap – Daily Hire $10.00
Dog Trap – Refundable Deposit $100.00
Barking Collar Hire (per day or part thereof) N/A

 

Microchipping and Identification

The Dog Act 1976 states that a dog must be microchipped to be eligible to be registered. As of 1 November 2015, ALL DOGS must be microchipped (unless a certificate has been provided by a veterinarian stating that the implantation of a microchip may adversely affect the health and welfare of the dog).

Dogs must wear a collar with the registration tag attached to the collar. This will significantly improve the chances of lost dogs being reunited with their owners.

 

Sterilisation of Dogs

It is not a legal requirement to have your dog sterilised, however discounts apply to the registration of sterilised dogs.

In accordance with the Dog Regulations 2013, partial refunds of registration fees are applicable where a dog that has been registered as unsterilized but is subsequently sterilised within the registration period.

 

Transfer of Dog Ownership

If you sell your dog or give your dog to another person, you will need to fill out the Transfer of Dog Ownership Form (click below to download form). There are no fees associated with transferring ownership. Dogs must be microchipped before transferring ownership.

Transfer of Non-microchipped Dogs:

A non-microchipped dog must not be transferred unless a certificate has been provided by a veterinarian stating that microchipping may adversely affect the health and welfare of the dog.

Transfer of Microchipped Dogs:

Within seven days of the transfer of the microchipped dog, the seller must notify the microchip database company of the name and address of the new owner of the dog and of any other changes.

Transfer of Dangerous Dogs:

A dangerous dog cannot be transferred to another owner unless there are exceptional circumstances. For more information please contact the Senior Ranger.

 

Cancellation of Dog Registration

If you wish to cancel your dog’s registration, please click below to download a Cancellation of Dog Registration Form. Please note that no refunds are issued for cancellation of dog registrations.

 

Keeping More Than Two Dogs

You must have a permit to keep more than two dogs on a residential property in the Shire of Kojonup. Properties will be inspected by the Ranger to determine if the property is suitable for keeping more than two dogs. Where current complaints have been received about the dogs, applications will not be supported by the Shire.

As part of the approval process, all abutting neighbours must be contacted to ensure they do not object to the application. If objections are received, the Shire may be unable to approve your application.

 

Fencing Requirements

It is the responsibility of the owner or occupier of a property where a dog is kept to ensure that the fences will securely keep the dog contained within the property. The fence or wall should prevent the dog from passing over, under or through it and should take into account the dog’s breed, age, size and the physical condition.

When the dog is on the premises any gate within the fenced area should be kept closed and be fitted with a self-closing and/or permanent locking mechanism.

If you require a Ranger to carry out a fence inspection, a $30 inspection fee applies.

Please note that specific requirements exist for securely containing a dangerous dog.

 

Dog Exercise Areas

Currently there are no gazetted dog exercise areas. Dogs must be kept on a lead when taken into a public area.

 

Nuisance Barking Dogs

The Shire of Kojonup acknowledges that living near a dog that barks excessively is disruptive and we take barking complaints seriously. We recommend that in the first instance you talk to the owner of the dog. Often dog owners are not aware that their dog is creating a nuisance, especially if they work away from home during the day.

It can be useful to note when the dog barks and if you observe any triggers (e.g. if the dog barks at passers-by). This helps establish the severity of the problem and identifies any patterns which can be used to determine the reason why the dog is barking.

If you don’t feel comfortable approaching your neighbour or if the problem continues, then the Ranger can investigate further. The actions that local governments can take to deal with nuisance barking are detailed in the Dog Act 1976.

In the first instance, the Ranger needs to be satisfied that a nuisance is being created. Follow up actions may include the Ranger talking to neighbours and observing barking behaviour and we may ask you to keep a formal record of the barking.

Further information regarding nuisance barking is also available at the following website:

Department of Local Government & Communities – Cats and Dogs

 

Dog Attacks

Under the Dog Act 1976, it is an offence for a dog to attack, aggressively harass or chase a person or animal. The owner or person in charge of the dog at the time is responsible for its actions. Dog attacks may lead to infringements being issued to the person responsible for the dog at the time of the attack and in more serious cases, court action may be taken.

 Penalty if Physical Injury is Caused

  • For an offence relating to a dangerous dog, a fine of $20,000 but the minimum penalty is a fine of $1,000.
  • For an offence relating to a dog other than a dangerous dog, a fine of $10,000.

 If you are a victim of a dog attack, please report the incident to the Shire of Kojonup Senior Ranger immediately. Required details may include the date, time, photos, location of attack and a description of the offending dog and owner. Please keep copies of any medical treatment required as a result of the attack and in some instances photographic evidence may be required.

If further information is required about the above, please contact the Senior Ranger on 9841 2415 during business hours.

 

Restricted Breeds

Certain breeds of dogs have been identified by the Commonwealth Government as being particularly aggressive. These breeds have been bannned from import into Australia.

The following breeds (or crosses of these breeds) are classified as restricted:

  • Pit Bull Terriers;
  • American Pit Bull Terriers;
  • Dogo Argentino;
  • Fila Brasileiro;
  • Japanese Tosa; and
  • Perro De Pressa Canario

Protection Measures

Under the Act, dangerous dogs (including restricted breeds) must:

  • Wear a special collar that identifies it as a dangerous dog
  • Be confined in an enclosure that prevents its escape; its release without premission; and a child aged less that 7 years from entering or inserting part of his or her body
  • Be sterilsed
  • Be microchipped
  • Be muzzled and under the control of an adult capable of controlling the dog if outside of its enclosure.A prescribed warning sign must be erected at each entrance to the premises where a restricted breed dog is kept.

Breeding or Selling Restricted Breeds

In is an offence to sell, buy or advertise for sale restricted breed dogs.