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The Dog & Cat Management Board will also be introducing Dog & Cat Reforms as of 1 July 2018 which requires ALL new generations of dogs and cats, (born after 1 July 2018) to be desexed and ALL dogs & cats over a certain age to be microchipped. Please see What you need to know - Dog & Cat Reforms - 1 July 2018.


In accordance with the Dog and Cat Management Act any person responsible for the control of dogs must ensure that dogs are registered as follows:

All dogs aged three months or more must be registered within fourteen (14) days of ownership.

  • All dogs aged three months or more must be microchipped from the 1 July 2018.
  • All new generation dogs (not existing dogs) must be desexed as of 1 July 2018.
  • Anyone who breeds dogs must be a Registered Breeder.

Dog Registrations now fall under two categories as set by the Dog and Cat Management Board:

Standard - this applies only to a dog that is both desexed and microchipped.

Non-standard - this applies to all other kinds of dogs, even if they are exempt from the requirement to desex or microchip (e.g. dogs belonging to registered breeders, working livestock dogs).

Dog registrations expire annually on 30 June. Registrations must be renewed annually by 31 August.

The expiation for keeping an unregistered dog of three or more months has increased to $170.00.

Any lost dog or dogs causing a nuisance, wandering at large or responsible for harassing, chasing or attacking should be reported to Council immediately.

2017-2018 Dog Registration Fees

Dog and Cat Management Act 1995

Legislation and Expiations




Dog owners are reminded that under the Dog & Cat Management Act 1995 it is an offence to allow a dog to be at large, whether the dog is registered or not.  A dog is deemed to be wandering at large when it is unaccompanied by a responsible person who can exercise effective control over the animal.

Effective control is when the dog is on a leash that is no more than 2 metres in length. Please note that under amendments to the Dog and Cat Management Act all dogs that are on public land must be on a leash.  The owner or person responsible for a dog that is found wandering at large will be expiated a fee of $210.00 for the offence.

Dogs found wandering at large by Council’s Authorised Officers will be returned to the owner if possible or impounded at the South East Animal Welfare League. Payment of registration fees (if required) along with any pound fees will be required prior to the dog being released.

The South East Animal Welfare League is located on Penola Road just past the Airport. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 11.30am and 4.00pm to 5.00pm, Weekends 9.00am to 12.00pm, Closed on Public Holidays. Phone (08) 8723 9133.

You may also like to visit Council’s Impounded Dog section to view photographs and/or descriptions of dogs that have been collected by inspectors.

Complaints and/or enquiries in relation to wandering dogs should be advised in writing or by telephone to Council's Registrar of Dogs, Leith McEvoy (leith.mcevoy@dcgrant.sa.gov.au) on (08) 8721 0444.



It is an offence under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 for a dog to attack or harass an animal or person.

If you or your animal is attacked by another dog you should report the attack to Council immediately. Council can investigate dog attacks and impose penalties on the dog owner as appropriate. Expiations of $315.00 may also be applied to the dog owner. The more information you supply to Council in relation to the attack, the more likely it is that the dog can be identified.

In the case of a serious attack you should also call the police who are authorised under the Dog and Cat Management Act and can provide immediate assistance in an emergency.



Dog owners are responsible for the care and wellbeing of their pets however it can be forgotten that dogs can affect adjoining neighbours as well as yourself.

Complaints due to excessive barking are amongst the most frequent received by Council.  If your dog barks excessively, you may be guilty of an offence and you may be expiated or have a Control (Barking Dog) Order placed on your dog under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.

Some causes of excessive barking are:        

  • Boredom
  • Children or others teasing them
  • Hostile neighbours
  • Separation anxiety
  • Changes to a dog's life or lifestyle
  • Possible health issues
  • Distraction
  • Breeding           

Please contact Council on (08) 8721 0444 should you require any assistance in relation to barking dogs.

Any formal barking dog complaint should be lodged with Council in writing.





The Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 outlines the offences for which the owner or person responsible for the control of a dog can be expiated for. These include the following: 

  • Unregistered dog
  • Wandering at large
  • Attacking, harassing or chasing an animal or person
  • Attacking a person lawfully entering a premises
  • Unrestrained transport
  • Being in a school, kindergarten or childcare centre
  • Being in a shop (not being an accredited assistance dog), that is not a pet shop, grooming parlour or veterinary surgeon without the permission of the shopkeeper
  • Rushes at or chases a vehicle
  • Persistently creates a noise by barking or otherwise
  • Defecates in a public place (unless the responsible owner or person immediately removes and disposes of the faeces in a suitable manner)



Council, at this time, has resolved not to be actively involved in cat management, however, leaflets dealing with cat issues are available from the Council office.

Cats, although quite independent, need to be looked after in much the same way as dogs.

Some useful tips are:


Sterilisation is highly recommended for any cat before it reaches sexual maturity which can be as early as four or five months of age. There are usually more kittens born than there are homes for them, so don't let your feline family member add to the growing problem of homeless and unwanted cats.


Although it is not compulsory for you to identify your cat, an ID tag could save your cat's life, as when off your property, it could be trapped or removed as a stray.

Vaccination and Worming 

When you obtain your kitten or cat, and if it hasn't been vaccinated or wormed (a vaccination certificate should be available if the cat/kitten has been vaccinated), take your cat to the veterinarian for a health check.  Your vet will advise if it needs vaccination and how regularly this should be done.  Cats can suffer from several types of worms and parasites so they need regular worming treatment.  Ask your local vet about a suitable worming program, as some worms are known to affect human health.


All pet cats should be encouraged to remain indoors from dusk to dawn.  This saves your cat from war wounds and abscesses that result from nocturnal cat fights.  This action will safeguard both native wildlife and your cat from storms or traffic and will result in a happy neighbourhood who doesn't have to listen to the cat's idea of a 'fun night out'.



Council has a by-law which makes it an offence to allow stock to wander onto streets and roads.  An offence will attract a $50.00 expiation fee against the owners of the straying animals.  Stock found straying onto property, or an adjacent road, may be impounded by the owner of the land. If the owner of the stock cannot be contacted, please contact the Council on (08) 8721 0444.

Council's public pound for straying stock is located at the Mount Gambier and District Saleyards.

Stock on Roads Policy

Services Guide