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New dog and cat laws

New laws for dog and cat owners and breeders were introduced in South Australia. These changes are designed to improve dog and cat management and welfare, and are the result of years of planning and public consultation by the Dog and Cat Management Board and the SA Government.

What you need to know about the changes

Compulsory Desexing

Compulsory for all dogs and cats born after 1 July 2018. From 1 July 2018 all new generations of dogs and cats (born after 1 July 2018) must be desexed by a certain age (unless exempted under the Act or if it is an existing dog born before 1 July 2018).

Compulsory Microchipping

It’s compulsory for all dogs and cats. From 1 July 2018, it will be compulsory for all dogs and cats to be microchipped. This applies to all existing dogs and cats. If your dog is microchipped before renewing your 2017/2018 registration, provide us with the information and you will be eligible for the additional rebate on your registration.

Discount Microchipping

Discount microchipping days are offered throughout the state at various times of the year. Visit dogandcatboard.com.au, chipblitz.com, or visit your local vet for more details.

DACO - Dogs and Cats Online

From 1 July 2018, Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) will be a new way to register your dog (or cat in those councils where cat registration applies). Dog and cat registration, along with the way you manage your pet dog or cat’s microchip, health and breeder information, will be simplified with the introduction of a new website.

DACO will be the central point for all your dog and cat management payments and information, replacing the 68 individual council systems and private microchip databases currently in place. Please visit dogandcatboard.com.au for more details. To get ready for DACO, please take the time to update your contact details, mobile number and email address.

Dog and Cat Laws - Penalties

Doing the right thing will not only make you a responsible pet owner, but also help avoid the new and increased penalties.

Penalties are set by the SA Government’s Dog and Cat Management Board. The new penalties are outlined below:

Expiation fee for not registering your dog                             $170 (previously $80)

Expiation fee for dog attack                                                $315 (previously $210)

Expiation fee for wandering at large                                     $210 (previously $80)

Failing to microchip your dog (from July 2018)                      $170

Failing to de-sex your dog (from July 2018)                         $170

Related links

Information for dog owners
Information for cat owners


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