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.