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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:
You must notify Council in the following instances to change the registration details for your pet:
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.
Problem or nuisance dogs are dealt with according to the NSW Companion Animals Act 1998.
If you are having problems because of excessive barking or wandering dogs you can contact Council’s Ranger during normal business hours on 0418 684 710.
Council suggests that in the first instance you should approach the owner of the dog, as they may not be aware that the nuisance exists. In most cases owners want to do the right thing and will co-operate. if unsuccessful, Council’s ranger will investigate the problem and take appropriate action.
Dogs bark for a number of reasons, but this may result in a nuisance for neighbours which can have a serious effect on the quality of life. Barking is one of the ways in which a dog communicates. In some instances constant barking may indicate a problem with a dogs health or happiness.
If your dog is a constant barker you should contact your local vet. If diet and insufficient exercise are ruled out as the cause, consider an anti-bark collar.
Exercise alone will not stop a dog from barking, but it may provide an active release for its energy. Obedience training also allows the opportunity of socialisation with other dogs and people, which is an important element in a dog’s life.
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:
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.
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