Microchipping and Registration is a two step process that requires cat and dog owners to:
Fines are applicable for offences relating to companion animals. Therefore, to avoid fines being issued, Council encourages the registration of all cats and dogs.
The lifetime registration fees are set by the legislation, not councils, for enquiries regarding current lifetime registration fees or microchipping fees please phone Council’s Regulatory Officer (Ranger) on 0418 684 710 (follow the prompts after hours) or by contacting Council on (02) 6828 1399.
NOTE – If you are claiming a reduced registration fee, you must provide the following proof:
The NSW Government is committed to promoting responsible pet ownership and improving animal welfare standards.
From 1 July 2020 the Government will introduce annual permits for owners of non-desexed cats, restricted dog breeds, and dogs declared to be dangerous.
This means that owners of cats not desexed by four months of age will be required to pay an $80 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee.
Owners of dogs of a restricted breed or declared to be dangerous will be required to pay a $195 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee. This applies to dogs that are already registered.
Pet owners will be able to pay for annual permits using the online NSW Pet Registry, or through their local council. Annual permits are not available from Service NSW.
Anyone registering a cat on the NSW Pet Registry will be informed that they must pay for an $80 annual permit if their animal is not desexed by four months of age.
Exemptions will be in place for cats that are registered by 1 July 2020, cats kept for breeding purposes by members of recognised breeding bodies, and cats which cannot be desexed for medical reasons.
Why are annual permits being introduced?
Annual permits will create a stronger incentive to desex cats, which in turn will improve their health and wellbeing, and reduce behaviours such as roaming and aggression.
Improving desexing rates and preventing unwanted litters will also ease the burden on pounds and shelters, reduce euthanasia rates, and help to address concerns about feral and stray cats and their effect on wildlife.
Placing further control measures on dangerous and restricted dogs will serve as a further disincentive to owning high-risk dogs and encourage owners to better manage the behaviour of their animal.
Annual permits were to be implemented from 1 July 2019, however, the Government announced a 12-month grace period to give affected pet owners more time to prepare for their introduction.
Annual permit fees will go directly to the Companion Animals Fund which pays for companion animal management by local councils including pounds/shelters, ranger services, dog recreation areas, and education and awareness programs.
The fund is also used to operate the NSW Pet Registry and carry out responsible pet ownership initiatives.
A working dog is a dog used primarily for the purpose of droving, tending, working or protecting stock, and includes a dog being trained as a working dog.
Hunting dogs and guard dogs do not have any special status as working dogs under the Companion Animals Act. Just because an animal is kept for purposes other than that of a pet, does not necessarily mean it is a “working dog”.
Under the Companion Animals Act, dogs that meet the definition of a “working dog” are exempt from microchipping and registering when:
All other working dogs MUST be microchipped and registered. However, a nil dollar (free) registration fee applies. All working dogs are exempt from wearing a collar and tag while actively working on their owner’s property.
The exemption from micropchipping and lifetime registration for working dogs may be lost in the following circumstances:
Working dogs impounded by the Ranger must be microchipped and registered for life prior to release from the pound.
Council’s Regulatory Officer (Ranger) provides a range of services for the public.
Duties include Companion Animal microchipping, free removal of unwanted pets and impounding of stray animals.
The Regulatory Officer is also on call for emergency situations such as dogs attacking people or animals. The Police service also has the ability to deal with emergency situations.
Other Regulatory Officer responsiblities include:
For all enquiries please phone Council’s Regulatory Officer (Ranger) on 0418 684 710 (follow the prompts after hours)
Walgett Shire Council
Phone: 02 6828 1399
Fax: 02 6828 1608
Dogs benefit greatly from the chance to run freely. Under the Companion Animals Act 1998, each Council must provide at least one off-leash area where dogs can be exercised off-leash during certain hours.
You, or the person looking after your dog/s, should not be in control of more than 4 dogs at the one time and you, or the person looking after the dog/s, should be capable of controlling the dog/s at all times in the off-leash area.
The established off-leash area for dogs in Lightning Ridge is on part of the racecourse recreation reserve known as the Lightning Ridge Sports Ground/Racecourse, within part of Crown Reserve R84117, in Onyx Street, at the end of the Lightning Ridge racecourse, as per the map attached below:
Signs have been erected at the off-leash area with the following information for dog owners:
*Effective control means that your dog responds to your command and remains close to you. If your dog does not respond, do not allow it off the leash.
Fines apply for breaches of these requirements.
Changes to the Companion Animals legislation introduced increased control provisions for restricted and declared dangerous dogs as well as higher penalties for non-compliance. This may include the seizure and destruction of a dog in certain circumstances.
The breeds of dogs that are subject to import restrictions by the Federal Government are:
A dangerous dog is one that attacks or kills a person or other animal without being provoked and you must report it to your local Council within 24 hours of the attack or injury. The companion Animals Act 1998 allows a Council to declare a dangerous dog. Dangerous dogs must be:
You must notify Council in the following instances to change the registration details for your pet: