As part of Council's management responsibilities under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 an Animal Management Plan has been written and accepted by the Dog and Cat Management Board. The Plan was adopted by Council Resolution on 30 October 2013.
Dogs and Cat Reforms - as of 1 July 2018
On 1 July 2018, new laws will be introduced impacting dog and cat owners and breeders in South Australia. These include:
- The introduction of a statewide database called Dogs and Cats Online
- Mandatory microchipping of dogs and cats
- New rules for breeders and sellers of dogs and cats
A full overview of the reforms can be found on the Dog and Cat Board website at:
Dogs and Cats Online (DACO)
From 1 July 2018, all dog and cat registrations will be kept on a statewide database, Dogs and Cats Online (DACO). Owners will be able to login online any time and update their contact details, pay annual dog registration renewals, and notify Council if their dog or cat has gone missing.
All cat microchip information is required to be registered on DACO. Owners are responsible for recording this information on DACO if their cats were microchipped before 1 July 2018. Microchip implanters are responsible for documenting this information on DACO if they microchip a cat after 1 July 2018.
Mandatory microchipping and desexing
All dogs and cats must be microchipped, with puppies and kittens needing to be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or at the point of sale. If you become the owner of a new dog or cat that doesn’t already have a microchip, you must have one implanted within 28 days.
All dogs (excluding working livestock dogs) and cats born after 1 July 2018 must be desexed by the time they are six months of age*. If you become the owner of a new dog or cat after 1 July 2018, they must be desexed within 28 days. They can only be desexed by a registered veterinary surgeon.
*Exemptions apply. For more information, visit www.dogandcatboard.com.au
Breeders and sellers
All dog and cat breeders and sellers must abide by the South Australian Standards and Guidelines for Breeding and Trading Companion Animals that were introduced in August 2017.
From 1 July 2018, if you are a breeder and you intend on selling a dog or a cat, you need to register as a breeder with the Dog and Cat Management Board.
You cannot sell a dog or cat unless it has been desexed and microchipped in accordance with the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.
Dog & Cat Registration Fee Structure - 2018/19
Expiations and Fines
Residents should be aware that on the 1st of July 2017 the Dog and Cat Management Board, a statutory board in South Australia, significantly increased the fines and expiations for dogs and cats.
For more information and examples of costs please visit http://www.dogandcatboard.com.au/news/new-dog-and-cat-laws-handy-overview.
Dog Attack Information
What to do if a dog attacks:
After a dog attack, you should seek medical and/or veterinary treatment as a priority.
When safe to do so, you must report the attack to Council. You can contact our animal management team on 8671 0010 or the after-hours emergency number 0418 892 870
Report the incident ASAP
Like all serious incidents, time is a critical factor in dealing with dog attacks. This is especially important if the offending dog is wandering at large and still poses a risk to the public or other animals.
To help Council investigators, please try to gather the following information before contacting us:
- the date, time and exact location of the attack. If you’re not sure, use your GPS equipped smart phone to check on a map.
- a description of the offending dog - name tag/collar, breed, colour, sex, markings, and the like.
- If with another person - a description of the owner/person - name, address, contact phone number, male or female, age, hair colour, clothing
- if a car was involved and the offender drove away with the dog - car registration number, make, model, colour
- a description and photographs of any injuries and location on your body,the victim’s body and/or the pet's body.
You should also keep copies of any medical certificates, vet or doctor bills as evidence.
Please see the Dog Attack Information attachment for further information regarding - What happens when a dog is reported, who is responsible, potential fines, preventing dog bites and more.