The responsibilities of cat ownership are established under the Companion Animals Act 1998.
Kittens born after the 1st July, 1999 and any cat changing ownership after that date are required to be microchipped and registered.
When applicable cats are to be microchipped from 12 weeks of age or at the time of sale and must be registered from 6 months of age.
Cat owners are not required by the Act to keep their animal inside at night. However, they are encouraged by Council’s Rangers to keep cats inside at night to protect our native wildlife (and the cat itself). The majority of cat fights and car accidents that involve cats occur at night.
Any person may lawfully seize a cat if necessary to protect a person or another animal from injury or death as well as for the protection of the cat.
A cat that repeatedly causes a problem such as excessive or continuous noise, or destruction of property may be declared a nuisance by Council’s Rangers. Continuing offences can then result in the issue of an On-the-Spot penalty by Council’s Rangers.
Cat traps can be hire from Bega Valley Shire Council, download the Cat Trap Hire Registration Form or contact Council's on 02 6499 2222. Please note that there are terms and conditions that apply. Refer to the bottom of the form.
Dogs are required to be registered after six months of age. Identification (microchipping) is a pre-requisite for registration and is required from 12 weeks of age or at the time of sale if this occurs before 12 weeks of age.
On the spot penalties apply for not registering your dog.
The owner of a dog that defecates in a public place must immediately remove the dog faeces and properly dispose of them.
Barking dogs can cause severe disturbances to the community. Where Council’s Rangers receive on-going complaints about a barking dog the animal may be declared a nuisance. On the spot fines can then apply.