All dogs over the age of three months must be individually registered with the Shire excluding those kept in an approved Kennel Licence Establishment. During registration, you will be issued with a registration tag that will hold information specific to your dog. This tag will need to be placed on the dog’s collar and will allow Ranger Services to re-unite you with your dog quickly should it wander or become lost.
It is a common misconception dogs that have been given a microchip are also registered with the council. This is untrue. Microchips issued at the vets are completely separate to the registration tags issued by the council. All dogs must be microchipped prior to registration however dogs in current registration only require to be microchipped by 1st November 2015.
Dog registrations are valid for either one year, three years or lifetime and are dependent on whether your dog is sterilised (neutered) or not. Concession cards, sterilisation and microchip paper work must be produced when registering the dog. A 50% concession rate applies to pensioners and 75% concession rates applies for working dogs.
A dog registration is interchangeable across the State. Should you move within the State, the dog does not need to be re-registered, however the change of address must be provided to the Council where the dog was previously registered and current registration paperwork must be produced when transferring the dog to a new Council. The Shire of Murray can transfer your registration from a previous locality for a small fee.
Dog registrations can be completed at the Shire of Murray Administration Offices between 08.30am and 04.30pm Monday to Friday. Registration fees are determined under the Dog Regulations 1976. Dogs can only be registered by a person over the age of 18 years and registrations need to be completed in person.
The Act provides for three categories of dangerous dogs being dangerous dog (restricted breed), dangerous dog (declared) and commercial security dog.
The following conditions apply to all three categories:
- Registrations for dangerous dogs will only be renewed annually under the Dog Act 1976 section 15(3A).
- Dangerous dogs are to wear a special identifying collar, be muzzled, on a lead and under the control of an adult over the age of eighteen years old capable of controlling the dog when in public (except when a commercial security dog is working).
- The dog must be confined in an enclosure that is constructed to prevent the dog from escaping, from being released or removed by another person without the owner’s permission and to prevent a child less than seven years old from entering or inserting part of their body into the enclosure without the help of an adult.
- Warning signs must be displayed at every entrance.
Dog attacks are a serious matter and should always be reported to Ranger Services as soon as possible. Dog attacks on a person or animal can be traumatic for everyone involved including the victim and the owner. Rangers will investigate the allegation and take the appropriate action under the Dog Act 1976.
A dog attack does not only refer to incidents involving the dog inflicting a wound on another animal or person. An attack is also when a dog chases or charges at a person or animal even without causing injury. The owner or person responsible for a dog involved in an attack could be liable for fines up to $10,000, plus costs.
If you or your dog is involved in a dog attack please seek medical/veterinary assistance as soon as possible.
The restricted breeds within the State are as follows:
- American Pit Bull Terrier (Pit Bull Terrier or American Pit Bull)
- Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian fighting dog)
- Tosa Inu (Tosa Fighting Dog/Japanese Fighting Dog)
- Dogo Argentina (Argentinan Fighting dog)
- Perro De Presa Canario.
All restricted breeds must be microchipped, sterilised and cannot be bred, bought, sold or transferred except in the circumstances mentioned in subsection 33GC(4)(a) or (b). Proof of sterilisation and microchipping is required with the application.
Dogs in Public Places
Whilst it is important for dogs to have regular exercise, they must be kept on a lead whilst they are in a public place. This excludes approved dog exercise areas.
It is every dog owners’ responsibility to pick up your dog’s excreta and place it in the doggie doo bins provided.
All dogs bark as it is their natural means of communication but frequent or excessive barking can be constituted as a nuisance. The cause of nuisance barking may be a lack of training, insufficient exercise, loneliness, ill health or deliberate or intentional provocation by people or other dogs.
Dogs that bark continually can cause disputes between neighbours, so it is important to train your dog to bark only when the need arises. Ask your neighbours to let you know if your dog is causing a nuisance when you are not at home.
If you have a problem with nuisance dogs in your area and have found that a friendly chat with your neighbour isn’t working, please contact Ranger Services. If the Ranger considers your dog to be a nuisance you may be issued with a dog control order, infringement notice and/or taken to court.
The Shire of Murray Local Law relating to Dogs 2007 (as amended) states that the limit on the number of dogs which may be kept on a premises for the purposes of section 26(2) of the Dog Act 1976 is –
- Two dogs over the age of three months and the young of those dogs under that age on any land within the district or;
- Four dogs over the age of three months and the young of those dogs under that age if the premises is located on a lot with an area greater than ten hectares not situated within a town site.
A person that wishes to keep more than the prescribed number of dogs but less than six dogs must complete an Exemption Application to keep more than the Prescribed Number of Dogs form.
A covering letter detailing the reasons for the application needs to be attached and fees and charges apply.
A person that wishes to apply for a Kennel Establishment Licence needs to complete an Application for a Licence for an Approved Kennel Establishment form and read/comply with the Conditions of a Licence for an Approved Kennel Establishment.
Fees and charges apply.
If you have any further enquiries or wish to lodge a complaint please contact the Shire of Murray Ranger Services on 9531 7777 during normal office hours.
Dog infringements can be issued any number of offences, including exercising your dog off a leash or for an unregistered dog. If a Ranger witnesses or receives evidence of an offence, an owner or the person in control of the dog may be issued with an infringement.
Payments must be paid in full and by the due date. Otherwise, additional costs may apply. If you need more time to pay, please contact Ranger Services on (08) 9531 7777
If you wish to dispute an infringement, please write to us before the due date at:
Chief Executive Officer
Shire of Murray
PO Box 21
PINJARRA WA 6028