A warning for dog owners

Weddin Shire Council ranger Allison Knowles is warning dog owners to be aware of their responsibilities when it comes to their pet, especially when it comes to being in town.

Allison said she would like to remind residents of the Weddin Shire who own or are in charge of a dog of possible offences under the Companion Animals Act 1998 including:

  • fail to prevent dog escaping - $220.00 penalty infringement notice
  • Own/be in charge of dog uncontrolled in public place - $330.00 penalty infringement notice
  • Dog not wear collar and name tag - minimum $180.00 penalty infringement notice
  • Own/be in charge of dog in prohibited place - $330.00 penalty infringement notice
  • Own/be in charge of dog which rushes/attacks/bites/harasses/chases any person/animal (whether or not an injury occurs) - minimum $1,320.00 penalty infringement notice

"If your dog commits an offence and has been or is in the process of being declared menacing or dangerous a penalty of up to $1,760 may be incurred," Allison said.

"Please ensure that your dog is always kept contained and secure on your private property and is always kept on a leash whilst in a public place."

According to Allison dogs must be microchipped by either 12 weeks of age or at point of sale, and registered by six months of age.

"Breaches of the legislative requirements may enable Council to take any appropriate action to ensure compliance," Allison said.

"This may include but is not limited to impounding your dog and/or issuing a Penalty Infringement Notice with no further warning."

Anyone in the Weddin Shire Council area who would like to discuss anything in regards to the Companion Animals Act 1998 or has any other questions relating to dogs or cats are asked to not hesitate to contact Weddin Shire Council ranger Allison Knowles by telephoning 0427 246 787.