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Committed to Responsible Pet Ownership

Bland Shire Council is a regional leader in companion animal control with an outstanding long term record in animal welfare and rehousing.

However, with the numbers of cats and dogs in the Bland Shire pound who were surrendered, dumped or seized once again on the rise, Council is reminding pet owners about their responsibilities and obligations.

Council is the authorised enforcement agency for responsible pet ownership in the Bland Shire under the Companion Animals Act and seeks to protect the public, pet owners and the animals themselves by fostering an environment where pets are valued and cared for appropriately in accordance with the Act.

 All pet owners in New South Wales are responsible for –

  • Registering their dog or cat by six months of age

  • Microchipping your dog or cat by 12 weeks of age, unless exempt, or before being sold or given away (whichever comes first)

  • Updating your dog or cat’s details on the NSW Companion Animals Register

  • Ensuring that their dog or cat does not threaten or harm a person or animal

  • Ensuring that their dog or cat does not cause a nuisance

In 2014-2015, Bland Shire Council impounded 184 dogs and cats and only 24 of those animals were microchipped.

If you fail to have your cat or dog microchipped when required to do so, you may be issued with a fixed penalty notice for $165 or a court may award a maximum penalty of up to $880. If your dog is a restricted dog or a declared dangerous dog you may be issued with a fixed penalty notice for $1,320 or a court may award a maximum penalty of $5,500. The microchip will allow agencies, such as Council, to quickly identify the owner of a pet which comes into its care and the system has already reunited a large number of beloved lost pets with their loved ones.

If you fail to register your cat or dog when required to do so you may be issued with a fixed penalty notice of $275, or a court may award a maximum penalty of up to $5500 or up to $6,500 if your dog is a restricted dog or a declared dangerous or menacing dog.

The registration fee is a one off payment, which covers the cat or dog for its lifetime in NSW, regardless of any changes in ownership. Pet owners are encouraged to have their cat or dog desexed before registering it and discounts apply for desexed animals.

When buying a pet, people are accepting a duty of care for its lifetime welfare and should consider factors such as their home and property (eg space, shelter, can the pet be securely confined), their lifestyle and the costs involved. Considering these factors can also provide a greater understanding of the type of pet which would best suit.

People who decide to acquire a dog or cat should considering purchasing it from the Bland Shire pound or an animal rescue organisation. More information is available by phoning Council on 6972 2266.