Companion Animal Ownership Information

From July 2016, Pet owners have access to the NSW Pet Registry to update their contact details, report their pet as missing, transfer ownership, and pay most lifetime registration fees online, giving your pet the best chance of being returned home.

To learn how, visit: www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au or contact Dungog Shire Council, 198 Dowling Street Dungog,  Telephone (02) 4995 7777.

Dungog Shire Council encourages all pet owners to be responsible for their pets actions. Pets are referred to as 'companion animals'.

Our objectives are set out in the Companion Animal Management Plan 2007.

Being a responsible dog/cat owner is easy. There are seven things you can do to be a responsible pet owner:

  • Make sure your dog/cat can be identified with a collar, tag and microchip
  • Make sure your dog/cat is registered with Council so it can be identified if it becomes lost
  • Keep your dog in your yard
  • Contain your cat to ensure that it doesn’t create a nuisance
  • Consider desexing your pets
  • Always keep your dog on a leash in public unless in a off leash area
  • Clean up after your pet.

Pet Tags

Dogs and cats must wear a tag that states the animals name, address and phone number or any

combination of the three.

Contact Council on 02 4995 7777 for more information about pet tags.

Registration

All dogs must be registered before they are 6 months old and all cats must be registered before they are 4 months old. If your pet goes astray, the pound or vet can use your pet's microchip and registration details to contact you and quickly reunite you with your pet.
Registration is cheaper if your pet is already desexed.

All impounded animals must be microchipped and lifetime registered prior to release from the Pound. This includes animals that would otherwise be subject to an exemption, such as working dogs, greyhounds, or animals less that six months of age. Council is unable to waive or reduce these fees, however desexed animals are cheaper to register. See Council's Fees & Charges for the current fee for your pet.

NSW Pet Registry

From 4 July 2016 you can access the new NSW pet registry . This means from July 2016:

  • Pet owners and breeders can create an online profile. You can update your details, notify if your dog or cat is missing, register ownership changes and pay registration fees online.
  • Cats will need to be desexed by 4 months of age to received the discounted lifetime registration fee. The discounted lifetime registration fee will still apply to dogs desexed by 6 months of age.
  • Breeders will be issued a breeder ID number where owner and animal information will be recorded and will help track litters over time.
  • Vets will be required to update the register when they desex cats and dogs. Vets will also be able to update the register if they believe a pet should not be desexed for medical reasons.
  • In July 2016, new forms will be available to download from the Office of Local Government website and the new NSW pet registry .
  • If you are a pensioner in Dungog Shire Council area, or are otherwise entitled to a zero dollar registration fee (for example, assistance dogs, guide dogs and so on), you will still need to visit your Council with the relevant documents to register your pets.
  • From July 2016, the Office of Local Government will send text messages and emails to existing pet owners to encourage creating an online profile.

Microchipping

All puppies/ kittens born or dogs/ cats purchased, must be permanently identified with a microchip by 12 weeks of age, point of sale, OR change of ownership, whichever occurs first.

What is a Microchip?

A microchip is a small two millimetre implant containing a "barcode" that can be inserted under the skin. The microchipping procedure involves placing the microchip under the skin between the shoulder blades with a needle.

This can be done by a veterinarian or authorised implanters. Once the microchip is in place, the microchip will enable immediate identification of your animal whenever it is scanned.

All dogs and cats (Companion Animals) must be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or at point of sale or give away.  It is vitally important that you keep your dog/cat's microchip details up to date. Please notify Council within 14 days when you move address, change phone details and/or sell or giveaway the animal. This will ensure that your pet will always be returned to you.

How to Register

Firstly, check that you live within Dungog Shire Council boundaries. If not, you must contact your local council.

If you don't have a certificate of identification you must complete a permanent identification form first. Then you can also complete the lifetime registration form. You can then lodge both forms with Dungog Shire Council. We will send you your identification certificate. Please note: The permanent identification form is necessary otherwise we will not be able to contact you or complete your registration.

If you already have a certificate of identification you can complete and lodge the lifetime registration form, but you must include a photocopy of the identification certificate with the lifetime registration form otherwise we will not be able to contact you or complete your registration.

You have 2 options:
lifetime registration form + permanent identification form
Or
lifetime registration form + certificate of identification.

You can download the forms you need to complete.

Discounts

If applicable (see definition list below), there are other forms you can also submit to gain discounts:

  • a desexing certificate (if your pet has been desexed) will make your registration cheaper
  • pensioner concession card
  • a receipt showing that your desexed animal was adopted from an eligible pound/shelter after the 29 October 2015 – the receipt must show the adopted animal's microchip number
  • proof of assistance animal status
  • proof of breeder status

 

Adoptions from a pound/shelter in NSW are eligible for discounted registration if the animal was adopted after 29 October 2015 from:

  • RSPCA
  • Animal Welfare League NSW
  • Cat Protection Society
  • Council pound

Payment and submitting your documents

Dungog Shire Council  residents can submit the required documents in 1 of 3 ways:

  1. Email your lifetime registration form with the permanent identification form or the certificate of identification along with your desexing certificate to shirecouncil@dungog.nsw.gov.au. When your paperwork is processed we will then email you a secure link to make your payment online.
  2. Bring your lifetime registration form with the permanent identification form or the certificate of identification along with your desexing certificate to the Dungog Shire Council Administration Building with your payment.
  3. Post your lifetime registration form with the permanent identification form or the certificate of identification along with your desexing certificate with a cheque/money order made payable to the Dungog Shire  Council:

Dungog Shire Council
PO Box 95
DUNGOG NSW 2420

If you are not sure which forms you need to complete and submit, please review the information under 'How to register'.

If you have any questions email shirecouncil@dungog.nsw.gov.au. Your registration details will be recorded on the NSW Companion Animals Register.

You will receive your certificate of registration once your cat or dog is registered, and where applicable the identification certificate.

The registration fee is a once-only payment and covers lifetime registration in NSW, even if pet ownership changes.

Please note
You must be over 18 years old to register a pet. A parent or guardian can register cats and dogs on behalf of children and teenagers under 18.

If your address or ownership changes, you need to change your pet registration.

If you are moving to NSW with your pet, you need to change your pet registration.

When dogs or cats are in a public place they must wear an identification disc on their collar that is engraved with their name and their owner's contact number.

We recommend all cats that are allowed to roam should wear a collar and tag. All cats must, by law, be microchipped.

Desexing

All owners are encouraged to desex their animals. The cost of registration is less for desexed animals and further discounts are available for desexed animals owned by a pensioner.

  • Early desexing also eliminates the risk of serious diseases including reproductive cancers
  • Desexed dogs grow up cleaner, healthier, quieter and more home loving
  • Desexed dogs will not become fat unless they are overfed and under exercised
  • Desexed dogs are much less aggressive than entire dogs and make much safer family pets particularly for those families with young children.

Thousands of unwanted puppies and dogs are destroyed by animal welfare agencies each year because there are simply not enough homes for them.

Hunter Animal Watch is a voluntary organisation that aims to reduce the number of unwanted cats and dogs in the Hunter by offering financial assistance to people on low incomes to desex their animals. For further information contact 4966 4344 between 10am and 3pm (Mondays only).

What to do if you sell or give away your dog or cat

It is the responsibility of the 'old' owner (the person selling or giving away the animal) to notify Council of the changeof ownership.  The Change of Ownership  form needs to be signed by the 'old' owner as well as the new owner. Failure to notify council of the change may result in fines.

If you are an owner of a restricted or dangerous dog please contact Council on 4995 7777.

What to do if I move address or change my details

Pet owners should make sure that their contact information listed on the NSW Companion Animals Register is always up to date and current – if your pet goes missing, you can’t be contacted if your information is out of date.

So notify Council of your change of details within 14 days by completing a Change of Details form and forwarding to Council.

Leash Free Areas

Dogs are required to be restrained while in a public place with the exception of prescribed dog exercise areas. Dungog currently has one leash free area at Frank Robinson Park, Dungog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While dogs are allowed on these reserves unleashed, their owner remains liable for prosecution if the animals attack another person or dog or cause a nuisance to people.

Dogs allowed to run loose and unsupervised are major problems for residents and Council. They cause considerable work for Council, and irresponsible dog owners are finding themselves facing substantial fines and/or court action as a result of not controlling their pets properly.

On-the-spot fines are issued for an unregistered dog or unleashed dog, or for a dog found defecating in a public place, and the owner fails to clean up after the animal.

Council's Pound

Council officers will impound dogs when they are found straying. First priority is to return the dog home after contacting the owner if the dog is identified by a collar and tag and/or microchip.

Members of the public sometimes also capture straying dogs and take them directly to Pound.  

Council’s Pound Facility is located at:

970 Glen Martin Road Glen Martin

Ph: (02) 4996 5528

Seizing a dog from its property

Council officers can seize a dog from its property if it has been involved in an attack within the preceding 72 hours and if Council believes that the dog is not able to be secured safely on its property. Council officers leave a notice of seizure on the property if this has occurred.

Council officers may seize a dangerous or restricted dog if an officer is satisfied dangerous and restricted dog control requirements have not been met.

A claim for release of a seized dog from Council's pound may be made only if Council is satisfied that the relevant control requirements are capable of being met.

How long are impounded animals held?

Animals that are not identified by a microchip are held at the Council Pound for seven (7) days. Microchipped animals are held for fourteen (14) days. Animals that remain unclaimed become the property of the Council Pound. Animals suitable for re-homing are then made available for purchase from the Pound Facility. Animals that are assessed as unsuitable for health or behavioral reasons are humanely euthanased.

Impound and sustenance fees

Council charges impound and sustenance fees to recover some the costs associated with providing a pound service. Fees are charged on a daily basis, so the sooner an animal is claimed, the less it costs. All fees must be paid prior to the release of the animal.

Fines, notices and orders

After the release of your animal from the pound, you may receive further correspondence from Council about the incident that led to your animal being impounded. This may involve fines and/or notices and orders, depending on the circumstances.

Further information Contact Council's Environmental Compliance Officer on 02 4995 7777.