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Dog & Cat Management

Changes to Dog and Cat Management Act 

New laws for cat and dog owners will come into effect on 1 July 2018. The laws and rules include:
- Mandatory microchipping of dogs and cats
- Desexing of dogs and cats born after the 1 July 2018
- New rules for breeders who sell dogs and cats
- Introduction of a State-wide database, called Dogs and Cats Online.

These new laws and rules will simplify dog registration process, make it easier to reunite lost dogs and cats with their owners, help identify and put a stop to puppy farms and reduce euthanasia rates.

From 1 July, owners must microchip their dogs and cats by 12 weeks of age or at the point of sale.

Dogs and cats born after the 1 July must be desexed by 6 months of age or 28 days after purchase by the owner. Exemptions apply.

People who breed dogs and cats for sale after 1 July 2018 must register with the Dog and Cat Management Board as a breeder. Advertisements must include breeder registration numbers and other information must be provided to the buyer at the point of sale.

Dogs and Cats Online
From 1 July 2018, Dogs and Cats Online will be the central database for microchipped and registered dogs and cats and registration payments. Dogs and Cats Online will also be the register of breeders.

Existing dog owners should receive a renewal notice in the mail during July 2018 with their dog’s new lifetime registration disc (replacing the annual disc) and instructions on how to complete their annual dog registration on Dog and Cats Online. If you do not receive a renewal notice for your dog, please contact your council.

In preparation for these changes :
- microchip your dogs and cats and update your council
- notify your council of any change of address 
- share this information amongst your networks

For more information regarding the changes to Dog and Cat Management  please  click here .

Pursuant to Council’s by-laws, the maximum number of dogs allowed to be kept in a township is one dog for a small dwelling and two dogs for premises other than a small dwelling.    Outside of a township the maximum number of dogs allowed on private premises is three (except where additional permits have been obtained).

Dogs & Cats Online

For more information regarding these changes please click here.

Fact Sheets of Interest:
New Dog and Cat Laws
New Laws for Breeders
Dogs and Microchips


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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 $170 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.

To register a new dog or renew a dog registration, or to update yours or your dog's details please click here.

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


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 2018-2023.

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: $58.00

Impound fee - Out of Hours: $102.00

Daily charge after day one: $21.00

Service Fee to return unregistered dog to owner: $62.00

Service Fee to return unregistered dog to owner (after hours, weekends): $102.00

Fee for 1st return registered dog (business hours & not impounded): No Charge

Fee for return registered dog (after hours, weekends): $102


Section 33, Owning or keeping an unregistered dog: $170.00

Section 43 (1), Dog deemed to be wandering at large: $210.00

Section 40, A dog in any place without a collar and current registration disc: $170.00

Section 45A (6), Failure to remove faeces Immediately: $210.00

Section 44 (2), Attack/harass/chase a person, animal or bird: $315.00

Section 45A (5), Creating a nuisance by barking or otherwise: $315.00

Section 45A (4), Dog rushes or chases vehicles: $315.00 

Section 42(A), Owner of dog/cat that is microchipped has not notified change of owners details within 14 days: $170.00

Owner of dog/cat that is microchipped doesn't provide the identification number of microchip implanted to the registrar in which kept: $170.00

Fee for Euthenasia &/or Disposal of Animal: Actual Cost + 10%

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For further Dog and Cat information click here.





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Dog Attack

Dog Attack

What to do if a dog attacks

After a dog attack, you should be to seek medical or veterinary treatment as a priority.

When safe to do so, you must report the attack to the relevant council. You can contact our Dog Management Officer on (08) 8828 1200 during business hours.

If you’re not sure which council to contact, you can find a map of South Australia’s council boundaries here

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 officers, 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 - registration disc, name tag, breed, colour, sex, markings, collar size and colour
  • a description of the owner - 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 or your pet's body.
  • Complete the Dog Attack complaint Form – downloadable from this website

You should also keep copies of any medical certificates, vet or doctor bills as evidence.

What happens when a dog is reported?

  • Authorised Council Officers may take a statement or affidavit from you
  • Photos may be taken of any injuries to yourself, or your animals or birds.
  • The dog's owner may be contacted to get their side of the incident.
  • Officers could seek witness statements and other evidence
  • Officers assess the circumstances and evidence and make a decision for action
  • Council will then issue legal notices as required, and;
  • Inform the parties of the outcome.

Who is responsible?

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.

Find out more from the Dog and Cat Management Act, 1995

Depending on the severity of the attack, councils can:

  • issue a warning
  • impose an on the spot fine of $210 ($315 after 1 July 2017)
  • take direct court action (in more serious cases)
  • impose a control order (Nuisance, Dangerous Dog, Menacing Dog, or Destruction Order)
  • The maximum penalty for a dog attack is $2,500.

If you have any questions contact us on (08) 8828 1200.

Preventing dog bites

Dogs bite for many reasons. The most common reasons are fear, pain or confusion when mixing with people and other dogs. Ignoring signs of aggression can result in serious injury to you, a member of your family or others.  You can discourage biting by:

  • socialising your dog from an early age so that it learns how to mix with other dogs and other 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 dog will be mandatory (with exemptions) from 1 July 2018.
  • asking your vet for advice if your dog shows any signs of aggression towards people.

For more information on being a good dog owner, visit the Dog and Cat Management Board website


After hours contact number is 0488 212 001.  (This phone is only turned on outside of business hours.)

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
After Hours Number:                  0488 212 001

Handy Websites

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Update Microchip Addresses - or
Lost Pets -
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Little Claws Rescue -
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