Dogs and Cats
Dog and Cat Management Plan 2007 -2011
Did you know that all dogs three (3) months of age and over are required by Law (Dog and Cat Management Act 1995) to be registered. It is an offence to keep an unregistered dog and there is an expiation of $80.00 per dog.
All registered owners must be of at least 16 years of age and is responsible to ensure that the dog/s are securely contained on the property and is kept under control at all times. At must now be on a lead in public at all times except when in a designated off lead area.
The keeping a dog is a huge responsibility and of a high cost, the decision to keep a dog should not be taken lightly. Ensure before buying a dog that you do some research to work out the best breed for your lifestyle.
Be aware that during the first few years of your dog's life it can learn some bad habits. Ensure that adequate training is performed when the dog is young to as to ensure an obedient dog for life.
Other Information for Dog Owners
A dog is considered to be 'wandering at large' if the dog is in a public place, or private place without the consent of the occupier, and no one is excerising control of the dog. (Expiation $80.00)
Dogs are not permitted in any pond, lake, including Encounter Lakes.
Dogs are not permitted in designated conservation areas such as Granite Island and the Newland Head Conservation Park.
Dogs are not permitted in the grounds of schools or in shops(other than Guide Dogs).
When in a public place the person responsible for control of the dog must collect and properly dispose of the dog droppings.(On the spot fine $55.00).
Dogs must now be identified at all times, unless the dog is sick or injured. This means a collar and registration disc and this will assist Council in returning the dog as quickly as possible to its owner.
A dog travelling in a utility, truck or similar vehicle must be restrained while being transported.
Limit on dog numbers
The Council limit for the number of dogs that can be kept in a small dwelling (unit) shall be one dog and on premises other than a small dwelling shall be 2 dogs unless permission is granted by Council. Applications for additional dogs must be writing to Council. The only other type of property that is permitted to have additional dogs is an approved kennel establishment.
On farming properties there is no limit on the number of working dogs that may be kept on a property. However, these dogs are dogs used only for the tendering and droving of live stock and must be proven if requested to do so by an animal management officer or the Council's Registrar of Dogs.
Dogs on foreshore
Dog on the beach (where dogs are permitted) must be held on a 2 metre long leash between the hours of 10am and 8pm on any day during the period of Daylight Savings. However, at all other times dogs must be kept under effective control by voice command and the dog must be in close proximity to its owner or be held on a t 2 metre leash.
At the City of Victor Harbor we have compiled the following information in regards to Dogs and Cats.
For further information please contact the Registrar of Dogs at the City of Victor Harbor. Phone : 8551 0546, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dog Registrations
- Prescribed Breeds
- Dog Fine Charges
- Trapping and Disposal of Unidentified Cats
- The Law and Your Cat 13 kb
Owning a Cat is a big responsibility.
Sterilisation is recommended for any cat before it reaches sexual maturity. DON'T let your feline friend add to the growing problem of homeless and unwanted cats. Desexed animals tend to live longer and suffer fewer health problems , as well as being more pleasurable to live with for you and your neighbours. They are unlikely to spray (both inside and outside), roam or get into fights.
Cats should wear identification a collar and tag could save your cats life. Although legislation does not make it compulsory for you to identify your cat, if it is not wearing proper identification when off your property, it could be trapped and removed as a stray.
Cat owners should also try to be responsible so if your cat is an outside cat please try to ensure that it wears at least a bell to ensure native birds and animals have a chance to get way.
All cats should be encouraged to stay indoors from dusk to dawn. This may save neighbour complaints regarding nocturnal cat fights and could also save your cat from being injured.