What Happens if I Don’t Register my Pet



Owners can be fined if they fail to comply with the laws. See the current fine rates below.

Animal not microchipped$165
Animal not registered as required$275
Dog without collar and tags (See separate fines for dangerous, restricted or menacing dogs)$165
Dog not on lead in a public place$220
Dog in prohibited place$330
Failure to remove dog droppings$275
Dog harasses, chases or attacks a person or animal$550
Cat in prohibited places$110
Cat not wearing identification$110
Failure to notify change of address/change of owner$165
Failure to take seized animal to pound/shelter$550

Fines between $275 and $880 apply if a cat or dog is the subject of complaints and the owner fails to provide a solution.

Under the law  councils also have the power to impound a cat or dog that attacks a person or another animal. The act also includes very specific rules for owners of restricted breeds and dogs that are declared dangerous. Breaches of these rules can result in fines of up to $1,760.