Dog and cat reforms - proposed legislative changes

Community consultation closes: Friday 26 June 2015

Changes are proposed to the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995. This Act has not been substantially amended since it was first introduced 20 years ago. The changes aim to ensure that the law meets the community's expectations of dog and cat management in 2015.

The proposed changes are based on recommendations made by the Dog and Cat Management Board, Local Government Association of South Australia and findings of the Select Committee on Dogs and Cats as Companion Animals. 

The major proposed changes include:

  • the introduction of mandatory microchipping for all dogs and cats by a certain age, currently proposed to be three months
  • a requirement for anyone who breeds dogs and cats for sale to register with the Dog and Cat Management Board or an approved organisation
  • giving council officers clearer and stronger powers to manage dog and cat issues in their local area
  • increased penalties for people who allow their dog to wander or attack
  • improvements to the current system of dog accreditation in relation to disability dogs.

Have YourSAy

You are invited to have your say on the proposed legislative changes. You can do this by:

Dog and Cat Reforms
Conservation and Land Management Branch
Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources
GPO Box 1047, ADELAIDE, 5001

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