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Dog Management

After Hours/On Call

Unfortunately dogs don’t stop wandering once the office doors close. Should you have a stray dog at your property Council have an ‘after hours’ roster in place between 5:00pm and 8:00am. This service for dogs is limited to wandering & impounded dogs, and dog attacks. Barking or other animal complaints can be made during office hours Monday to Friday.

After Hours Number: (08) 8842 6434

 

Registration

Under the Dog & Cat Management Act, all dogs over the age of three months must be registered with Council. Dog registrations expire on 30th June and must be renewed upon received the renewal papers or by 31st August annually. Aside from the legislative requirement to register your dog, it’s extremely important that the dog & registered owner details are kept up to date, in the case that we need to contact you, or return your dog home. Dogs that have not been registered with Council before (regardless of their age) will not incur the typical registration fee for current registration cycle (this also applies to dogs that have transferred from another Council region).

Dog Registration Form 2017-2018(203 kb)

 

Prescribed Breeds in South Australia

Whilst there are no banned breeds that can be owned in South Australia, there are five breeds of dog that are ‘Prescribed Breeds’ and have restrictions placed on them.

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • Fila Braziliero
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dog Argentinia
  • Presa Canario

If you own one of these breeds it is important you know the additional legislative requirements that are associated with dogs of a prescribed breed:

  • The dog must be desexed; and
  • The dog, whilst not confined to it’s property must
    • have a muzzle securely fitted; and
    • be under effective control by physical restraint (on lead less than 2 meters); and
    • It is an offence to sell, give away, or advertise for sale a dog of a prescribed breed.

 

Limitations on Number of Dogs

While Council does not currently have any Local Bylaws restricting the number of dogs that can be kept on one property, the Development Act does have limitations regarding the number of dogs that can be kept on a domestic premises with regard to intensive animal keeping. Similar controls exist regarding commercial kennels and dog boarding facilities.

For more information specific to your circumstances, please contact the Clare Office on (08) 8842 6400.

 

Fees & Charges

Please see the below fees and charges for dog registrations, impounding, and breaches of legislation:

Service Title Fee
General Registrations New Registrations FREE
  Non-Standard Dog Registration $56.00
  Desexed Only $33.50
  Microchipped Only $50.50
  Obedience Trained Only $50.50
  Standard Dog Registration $28.00
  Desexed & Trained $28.00
  Microchipped & Trained $45.00
  Trained Standard Dog $22.50
Concession Registrations Non Standard Dog $28.00
  Desexed Only $16.80
  Microchipped Only $25.00
  Obedience Trained Only  $25.00 
  Standard Dog $14.00 
  Desexed & Trained  $14.00 
  Microchipped & Trained  $22.50 
  Trained Standard Dog  $11.20 
Other Registration  Working Dog Registration  $14.30 
  Business Registration (Cost per dog) $33.70 
  Racing Greyhound (SAGRB)  $14.30 
  Assistance Dog  FREE 
Other Fees  Transfer of Registration FREE 
  Replacement Disc   $2.00 
  Late Registration Fee  $10.00

 

Barking Dogs

Barking dogs produce a very unique challenge to Council as everyone’s tolerance for nuisance noise differs from person to person. Council’s barking dog procedure can be lengthy and onerous on the complainant, so in the first instance residents are always encouraged to speak with the dog owner prior to contacting Council, as usually the owner is not home when the barking occurs and unaware their dog is actually causing a nuisance.

Failing this approach, Council may be contacted to assist in resolving the barking nuisance; however this process can be lengthy and onerous on the complainant at times. It should also be noted that the outcome may not always be to the complete satisfaction of the complainant as nuisance noise can be subjective.

Note: Electric shock collars are illegal in South Australia and must not be used to control barking noise.

 

Dog Attacks & Prevention

After a dog attack, seeking medical or veterinary treatment should be a priority. Once safe to do so, a report should be made to the Clare, Riverton, or Saddleworth Council Office, or by contacting (08) 8842 6400, or (08) 8842 6434 if outside of regular ordinary office hours.

Like all serious incidents, time is a critical factor in dealing with dog attacks, especially if the offending dog is still wandering at large and posing a risk to the public or other animals. To assist Council , please try to include as much of the following in your report:

  • Time, date, and location of the attack
  • Description of the dog – size, breed, colour, markings, collar size and colour
  • Owner description if present – name, address, contact details, gender, age, hair, etc
  • If a car was involved and offender drove away with the dog – vehicle colour, make, registration, etc
  • Description or photographs of any injuries sustained

 

We also recommend keeping copies of any medical certificates, and any vet or doctor bills as evidence.

 

Following the report of a dog attack, the following may occur:

  • Council staff may take a statement or affidavit from you
  • Photos may be taken of any injuries on the victim (person/animal)
  • The dog’s owners may be contacted to get their side of the incident
  • Council staff may seek statements from any witnesses
  • Council staff will assess the circumstances and evidence and make a decision for action
  • Council staff may issue any legal notices as required
  • Council staff will inform parties of the outcome

 

Ultimately, you are responsible for your dog’s actions. It is an offence for a dog to attack, harass, or chase a person, another animal, or a bird owned by a person.

 

Depending on the circumstances, Councils can:

  • Issue warnings
  • Impose an on the spot fine/expiation - $315.00
  • Take direction court action
  • Impose a Control Order on the offending dog
  • Maximum penalty for a dog attack is $2,500.

 

Dogs bite for many reasons. The most common occur out of fear, pain, or confusing when mixing other people with dogs. Ignoring signs of aggression can result in serious injury. You can discourage biting by:

 

  • Socialising your dog from an early age so that is learns how to mix with other dogs and people in public
  • Avoiding situations that may cause your dog to become nervous or anxious
  • Training your dog – obedience classes help you learn about your dog, its body language and how you can communicate with it
  • Desexing your dog – research shows that on average an entire dog is more aggressive. Note that desexing your dog will be mandatory (with exemptions) from 1st July 2018.
  • Asking your vet for advice if your dog shows any signs of aggression towards people.

 

 

Legislation

Act

(Sec)

Title

Expiation

(General)

Expiation

(Prescribed Breed)

Dog and Cat Management Act 1995

33(1)

Dog to be registered – over 3 months of age.

$170.00

$750.00

33(3)

Continuing offence of being unregistered – transfer area, death , missing, transfer owner.

$170.00

$750.00

37(1)

Notification to ensure accuracy of registers (business) – transfer business owner, cease operation of business, etc.

$210.00

X

37(2)

Notification to ensure accuracy of register (business) – transfer business, cease operation or business, etc.

$210.00

X

38

Transfer of ownership of dog, five new owners certificate or reg & disc.

$210.00

X

42A

Dogs and cats to be microchipped.

$170.00

$750.00

42B

Further offence for non-microchipped.

$170.00

$750.00

42C

Dogs and cats to wear collar if exempt from Microchipping.

$170.00

X

42E

Certain dogs to be desexed.

$170.00

$750.00

42F

Further offences relating to 42E.

$315.00

$750.00

43(1)

Wandering at large.

$210.00

$750.00

44(1)

Attacking/harassing/endangering.

$315.00

$750.00

45(1)

Transporting unrestrained dogs in vehicles.

$210.00

X

45A(1)

Attack a person lawfully entering a premises.

$315.00

$750.00

45A(2)

Dog on school, kindergarten, child care centre, or pre-school grounds.

$315.00

$750.00

45A(3)

In a shop without permission of shopkeeper.

$315.00

$750.00

45A(4)

Barking or otherwise creating a nuisance.

$315.00

X

45A(6)

Failure to remove faeces.

$315.00

$750.00

64D

Notification to owner of dog or cat destroyed under this Part.

$210.00

X

69

Offence for breeder to sell dogs and cats unless registered.

$315.00

X

70(1)

Offence for breeder to sell dogs and cats without microchip.

$315.00

X

70(2)

Offence for breeder to sell dogs and cats that have not been desexed.

$315.00

X

71(1)

Certain information to be given to buyers in written notice of sale of dogs and cats.

$315.00

X

71(2)

Certain information to be given to buyers in advertisement of sale of dogs and cats.

$315.00

X

81B

Offence to interfere with identification of dog or cat.

$315.00

X

Control Orders, Prescribed Breeds, & Greyhounds

Dog and Cat Management Act 1995

45B(1)

Prescribed breed not muzzled, off lead, or confined to premises.

X

$750.00

45B(2)

Prescribed breed not desexed.

X

$750.00

45C(1)

Greyhound with no muzzle or effective control.

$315.00

X

55(1)

Contravention of Control Order.

$500.00

$750.00

56(1)

Notification to Council – attacks, death, missing, transfer owner for Control Orders.

$210.00

$315.00

56(2)

Notifications to Council – transfer area Control Orders.

$210.00

$315.00

57

Notification to new owner – Control Orders.

$210.00

X

 

 

Breaches of legislation that have not been paid in full will be referred to the Fines Enforcement and Recovery Unit for Cost Recovery.

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