Owning a dog can be a joy. For some, our canine companions become more than just our pets; they become our best friends and part of our families.
With the joys of dog ownership come a number of responsibilities. Those responsibilities that have the force of law are largely set out under the Dog Act 1976 (WA) and the Dog Regulations 2013 (WA). The consequences of not meeting certain responsibilities under the Dog Act and Regulations can have serious consequences for both dog and owner.
In November 2013, the Western Australian Parliament introduced a number of sweeping changes to the legislation governing dog ownership in Western Australia. These changes were designed to encourage more responsible dog ownership and include:
1. increased penalties for owners such as mandatory destruction of a dog as well as a term of imprisonment for the owner in certain circumstances;
2. improved mechanisms for dealing with nuisance behaviours such as barking; and
3. the introduction of mandatory micro chipping for some breeds.
It is vital that owners are aware of the responsibilities and obligations that come with dog ownership. If you have any queries, concerns or issues regarding your dog and how the amendments affect you, contact your Local Council for further information or call HHG Legal Group.
This is general information only, and does not constitute specific legal advice.
Greg Rogers is a Solicitor with the Family Law team at HHG Legal Group.
If you would like further information in relation to this matter contact the Family Law team at HHG Legal Group on (08) 9322 1966 or email our office.