Animals and Pets

Pets are a popular addition to many households throughout the Shire and there are plenty of good reasons to own pets, including the related social and health benefits as well as the companionship they provide.

Pet ownership comes with many responsibilities and it is important you understand how to care for your pet correctly to ensure it stays safe, healthy and does not become a nuisance to other residents.

The Office of Local Government has information about various Acts related to Companion Animals

Office of Local Government Website | Companion Animals Act | Impounding Act

 

Keeping your cat safe and happy at home

Did you know that your cat can live its best and safest life contained at home?

There are many benefits to keeping your cat safe, happy and secure in your house and backyard. Cats who roam face numerous risks, including traffic incidents, snake and insect bites, and altercations with dogs and other cats.

But cats don’t need to roam. In contrast, indoor cats can live longer lives, protected from all these dangers. And, if provided with everything they need, they can be just as happy at home.

The RSPCA has produced a Guide to Keeping Your Cat Safe and Happy At Home, which has plenty of helpful information on what you need to provide for your cat inside, and how you can even offer your cat safe access to fresh air and the outdoors.

Introduction of annual permits for non-desexed cats and dangerous/restricted dogs

The NSW Government is introducing annual permits for non-desexed cats and restricted and dangerous dogs as part of its commitment to promoting responsible pet ownership and improving animal welfare standards.

From 1 July 2020 owners of cats not desexed by four months of age will be required to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

This will create a stronger incentive to desex cats, which in turn will improve their health and wellbeing, including reducing the risk of some cancers.

Improving desexing rates will also ease the burden on pounds and shelters, reduce euthanasia rates, and help to address concerns about feral, stray and roaming cats and their effect on wildlife.

Exemptions are in place for cats that are registered by 1 July 2020, those kept for breeding purposes by members of recognised breeding bodies, and cats which cannot be de-sexed for medical reasons.

From 1 July 2020 owners of dogs of a restricted breed or formally declared to be dangerous will be required to pay a $195 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.

This will serve as a further disincentive to owning high-risk dogs and encourage owners to better manage the behaviour of their animal.

From 1 July 2020, pet owners will be able to pay for annual permits using the NSW Pet Registry website or through their local council.

Anyone registering a cat on the NSW Pet Registry will be informed that they must pay for an $80 annual permit if their animal is not desexed by four months of age.

Annual permit fees will go directly to the Companion Animals Fund which pays for companion animal management by local councils including pounds/shelters, ranger services, dog recreation areas, and education and awareness programs.

The fund is also used to operate the NSW Pet Registry and carry out responsible pet ownership initiatives.

If you require any further information or assistance, please contact the NSW Pet Registry at pets@olg.nsw.gov.au and 1300 134 460.

Companion Animal Compliance Check

Council records indicate there are a high number of unregistered cats and dogs in the Shire, which would also suggest there are a large number of unidentified companion animals as well.

Within the community there is often a misunderstanding between Lifetime Identified and Lifetime Registered, with many under the misconception that Lifetime Identified means that their animal is Registered.

Lifetime Identified is when an animal has been microchipped by a vet or certified implanter. Under law, this is required by 12 weeks of age, and allows the animal to be identified to a certain individual and address.

Lifetime Registration is required by all NSW Councils. This is to be completed by 6 months of age. The cost of registration can vary, and there are exemptions for some working dogs and incentives for animals that have been de-sexed.

If your companion animal requires a Lifetime identification (microchip), this can be carried out by Councils Ranger. This service is by appointment only, and a small fee is charged.

Registrations can be completed or updated at the Local Shire Offices, or online at https://www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au/#/

Please feel free to contact Council on 02-69 205 305 if you require any further information.

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Dog Attacks and Stock on Road

Dog attacks and stock wandering onto roads can happen at any time day or night. These incidents should be reported immediately if they fall within the following guidelines.

Dog Attacks.   A person or animal has been attacked or seriously threatened, the incident has just happened and offending dog is still in area or is continuing to pose a threat.

Roaming Stock If stock have wandered onto a frequently used road and are posing a risk to motorists.

These incidents can be reported at any time by phoning Councils Offices on  69-205-305 at any time where you will be given relevant options. These incidents should also be reported to the Police Assistance Line on 131-444 or your local police station. In all life threatening or emergency situations call 000.

All other requests should be directed to Council during normal working hours.