Dog & Cat Control
All dogs aged three months or over must be registered. Registrations expire on June 30th every year. Registration renewals are sent in early July each year with a due date of 31st August. The purpose of this is to provide quick and easy identification of your dog, should he or she be found wandering, or become lost.
Once registered your dog must wear a registration disc that will identify him or her as belonging to you.
The registered owner must be person aged 16 years or over, and that person must notify the Council if:
- the dog is moved to different premises
- the dog dies, or is missing
- ownership of the dog is transferred to another person
Dog Registration Forms are available here. Please print the 2 pages back to back and return to the Council Office with fee.
If you sell or giveaway your dog, it is your responsibility to give the current registration certificate and tag to the new owner and advise Council of doing so. Form 4 - Advice to Registrar of Change of Dog Registration Details is a simple form that will provide us with all the necessary details to make the change to the Register of Dogs. You can download the form Form 4 - Change of Dog Rego Details(237 kb) and return to Council ASAP or phone/visit the Council Office.
Registration Fees are quite reasonable, so there is no excuse for an unregistered dog!
A full list of the current dog registration fees can be downloaded here - Fees and Charges as at 20 September 2011(67 kb).
If you would like to make a complaint about a dog in Wudinna & Districts, please contact Council's Manager of Environmental & Community Services.
If you have lost your dog in the Wudinna District you can either check the Council website 'Notice Board' for any impounded dogs or contact Council's Manager of Environmental & Community Services. Details will be taken of the lost dog and notices displayed where appropriate for a minimum of 3 days.
If you have found a dog in the Wudinna District contact Council's Manager of Environmental & Community Services. If the dog is registered please give details of the registration number. If the dog is not registered, notices will be displayed where appropriate for a minimum of three days. Council will organise to have the dog picked up or provide you with contact details of the owner. If the dog is impounded, the owner (if found) will be charged impoundment fees. If the owner is not found within 3 days, the dog may be put-down.
Wudinna & District's Animal Management Plan
To view Council's Animal Management Plan please click on the link below:
Wudinna District Council Animal Management Plan 2012 - 2017
Breaches of Dog & Cat Management Act
Listed below are some of the most common breaches of the Act and the expiation fee imposed. However, if the case is taken to court the penalties which can be imposed are much greater.
First Offence: authorised officer will issue a written warning and further breaches of the Act, either related or unrelated to the first offence, will receive an expiation notice.
If an offence is severe enough to warrant immediate issue of an expiation however, then a decision to issue will be made after consultation with the Chief Executive Officer/Chairperson.
Cat cages are available for use from the Council office.
It is recommended by the Dog & Cat Management Board of SA to DESEX your dog or cat if you do not intend to breed from it.
"De-sexing has various advantages for your dog, as well as you as a responsible owner.
- Firstly, female dogs that are de-sexed do not have the continual strain of litters depleting their body of essential nutrients.
- Secondly, dogs that are de-sexed do not roam as frequently as un-de-sexed dogs.
- Dogs that are not de-sexed will tend to look for a mate as a natural part of their breeding cycle.
- Thirdly, a de-sexed male dog will usually be less aggressive and territorial and therefore less likely to fight with other dogs.
De-sexing your dog is an effective safety measure to ensure that you are not responsible for unwanted puppies that often end up in our pounds and shelters."
For further information about keeping dogs and cats, you can visit the Dog & Cat Management Board's web site at www.dogsncats.asn.au