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Dog & Cat Management


Responsible cat ownership

The South Australian Dog and Cat Management Act has been designed to help manage stray and nuisance cats, while providing

 legal protection for cats and cat owners. Identification separates owned from stray cats.

By law, an identified cat is owned and is therefore legally protected.

Your cat can be identified by either:

  • a collar bearing the owner's address OR phone number;
  • a microchip inserted under the cat's skin by a vet, with an "M" tattooed in the ear.

If an identified cat is trapped, it must be released immediately. If an unidentified cat is trapped, it may be released or taken to an authorised person within 12 hours. That person will be able to release it, impound it, give it away, sell it, or euthanase it.


The legal protection of cats does not extend to national parks and reserves. If any cat is found in a national park, designated sanctuary or Crown lands, or more than one kilometre from any place genuinely used as a residence, then legally it can be destroyed regardless of whether or not it is identified.

Cats: Frequently Asked Questions:

I have a cat. What do I need to do?

The law does NOT require you to identify your cat if it stays on your property. But if it is not wearing identification when it is off your property it can be trapped and removed as an unowned cat. TO KEEP YOUR CAT SAFE, IDENTIFY IT.

Do I need to register my cat?

No.  However council has a Cats by-law no 6, that allows the keeping of no more than 2 cats without the permission of Council .

For information on Council's responsibility for management of dogs and cats, please refer to section 26 of the Dog and Cat Management Act.



It is required by law that all dogs must be registered at the age of 3 months.

Dog registrations expire at the end of the financial year (due between 1 July and 31 August each year). Payment received after 31 August will incur a late fee on top of the annual registration fee and may attract an $80 Expiation Notice for owning an unregistered dog. Proof of desexing, microchipping and training is required to qualify for rebates, which is required on a new application for registration.

The registered owner must be a person 16 years or over, and that person must inform the Council as soon as possible if:

  • the dog is moved to a different premises
  • the dog dies, or is missing for more than 72 hours
  • the owner changes their contact number
  • ownership of the dog is transferred to another person. New owners have 14 days to register a dog, after which they can be fined if the dog remains unregistered.

For more information about dog registration and further concessions, or to update your details please contact the Council office on 8828 1200 or e-mail

For a new registration please click here for the relevant form to be completed and returned to the Council office along with any necessary paperwork (concession card, proof of desexing and/or microchipping and/or training etc). 

To update your details (or the dog's details) please click here and return the completed form to the Council Office at 51 Taylor Street, Kadina. 

If you run a kennel at which dogs are bred or trained, provide a security service involving the use of dogs or provide any other service involving the use of dogs you may be required to complete the Application for Registration of a Business Involving Dogs  form which can be found here

Responsible dog ownership

Responsible dog ownership depends wholly on public awareness of the proper care, keeping and control of pets. The decision to become a dog owner is one that should not be taken lightly. Deciding what breed of dog is equally important.

Three questions that should be considered before choosing a breed of dog are:

  • Have I the time to properly care for and exercise the dog?
  • Can I afford to feed and shelter the dog as well as paying the unexpected veterinary bills?
  • Is my property suitable for keeping a dog?

Before you answer any of these, remember some of the large breeds need a daily walk of up to 1.5-2 kilometres to keep them healthy. Some breeds need extensive grooming to keep their coats clean and healthy. Small dogs may not need as much exercise, but some long-coated breeds need time spent on grooming their coats.



Barking Dogs

If you have a barking dog & have spoken with your neighbour first and then you feel you need to report to Council, please put this in writing providing as much detail as possible.

Information you should provide in your letter

  • Your Contact Details.
  • The Name (if known) and Address of the owners where you believe the barking dog resides.
  • Is there a particular time that the dog barks?
  • Are the owners at home or away during this time?
  • Have you approached your neighbours? (they may not be aware that their dog is barking)
  • Have you kept a diary of when the dog barks and for how long?

Barking is a natural behaviour for dogs and they may have various reasons to bark however, it may take some time to teach the dog different ways to behave to certain situations.

If you require further information please contact Council's General Inspector on 8828 1200.





Dog & Cat Management Board of South Australia

The following link takes you to an external website from where you can access the Dog & Cat Management Act.

The following file takes you to the council's Dog and Cat Management Plan 2012-2016.

Dog and Cat Management Plan(306 kb)


Impounded Dogs

If your dog gets out or goes missing please notify council as soon as possible as it may have been collected and taken to Council's pound facility. We endeavour to find the owners of any impounded dogs, but if the dog has not been registered it can become a challenging process for council staff (please see Dog & Cat Management page regarding registrations). Under the Dog and Cat Management Act there are clear legislative requirements regarding the impounding of dogs and the disposal of impounded dogs. Found dogs must be reported to council immediately so that every attempt to reunite the dog with its owner can be made.

Councils are required under Dog and Cat Management Act to hold impounded dogs for a maximum of 72 hours

After the 72 hour time period has elapsed unclaimed dogs can be rehomed if suitable.

Impounded dogs may also be listed on Council's Facebook Page.


If your dog is missing ACT QUICKLY!  If a dog is found in a public or private place without the consent of the occupier and nobody is exercising effective control over the dog, it is considered to ‘wandering at large’ (an offence under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995).   What to do:

  • Ensure your dog is unable to escape from its yard
  • Make sure your dog is under effective control in public places
  • Ensure your dog always wears a collar with a current registration disc attached
  • If your dog is lost contact the council on 88281200 (during business hours), after hours contact number is 0488 212 001.
  • Heavy penalties may apply for dogs wandering at large

The obligations put on Council in terms of the Dog & Cat Management Act come at a cost to ratepayers.  To be fair to all ratepayers fees are applied to the owners of dogs that require a particular service.  If your dog is found wandering at large by Council’s Authorised Officers you may incur the following costs:


Impound fee: $52.00

Daily charge after day one: $20.00

Service Fee to return dog to owner: $50.00

Service Fee to return dog to owner (after hours, weekends): $75.00


Section 33, unregistered dog: $80.00

Section 43 (1), dog deemed to be wandering at large: $80.00

Section 44 (2), attack/harass/chase a person, animal or bird: $210.00


Please see council website for helpful tips for owners to keep their dogs in yards.





Impounded Dogs

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Dog Attack

If you or your dog has been involved in a dog attack, it is imperative that you notify Council as soon as possible, either in person or on (08) 8828 1200 so the required action can be taken.  You may also be required to fill out the folllowing form:
Dog Attack Complaint Form

Emergency Numbers / Out Of Office Hours

Dog and Cat Management        (08) 8828 1200

Handy Websites

Update Microchip Addresses - or
Lost Pets -
YP Puppy Rescue -
Council's Facebook page
Quick Links
District Council of the Copper Coast
51 Taylor Street
PO Box 396
Kadina SA 5554