Responsible Dog Ownership
The Dog Act 1976 is administered and enforced by local governments within their respective districts. The Act addresses the control and registration of dogs; the ownership and keeping of dogs; and the obligations and rights of dog owners and others.
Everyone who is a dog owner has a responsibility to ensure that his or her dog is well looked after.
In addition, it is important that dog owners respect other people in the community. This can be achieved by keeping dogs adequately confined on their properties, on a leash in public places, preventing aggressive behaviour and controlling excessive barking.
As a nation of pet lovers, we rely on dog owners to responsibly look after their dogs to ensure that we can all live together peacefully and without fear.
If you own a dog, you have a legal responsibility to keep it under control, either within a fenced area on your property or on a leash when in public.
As a dog owner, you are responsible for ensuring that your dog is not creating a public nuisance by barking excessively. Nuisance barking also covers public places adjoining the premises.
Removal of dog droppings
Dog droppings are a source of annoyance to other users of footpaths and recreation areas. Most local governments have local laws that require the person in charge of the dog in a public place to remove their dog’s droppings and adequately dispose of it.
Penalties for dog attacks
A dog attack is a very serious matter. If your dog attacks a person or another animal, you will be held responsible even if you are not there at the time.
A dog owner is legally required to register his or her dog with the appropriate local government if it is more than three months old. A dog owner is legally required to register their dog with the Shire if the dog is more than three months old. All registrations are due on the 1st November each year and your dog can be registered for one year, three years or a lifetime. It is an offence not to register your dog and you can be given a $100 on-the-spot fine.
These fees are halved if registering after the 31st May.
If your dog is already registered with the Shire of Corrigin, renewals will be forwarded at the beginning of October every year.
Council and authorised officers are able to declare a dog dangerous. A dog can be declared dangerous when the dog has displayed aggressive symptoms such as biting, chasing, harassing or threatening behaviour. A declared dangerous dog is to be muzzled at all times when in public areas. Council is also able to impose other measures such as containment by fencing so as to render the dog harmless to other people. The destruction of a dog involved in a dog attack may be necessary in serious cases. The owner or person in charge of a dog is now liable for the actions of their dog.
Your dog is required to wear a collar to which must be attached a valid registration tag. This tag will be issued by your local government when you pay your registration fee.
Microchipping has been introduced for all dogs from the following dates:
• From 1 November 2013, dogs must be microchipped when they are registered for the first time or when a change of ownership occurs.
• By 30 November 2013 all dangerous dogs, which includes restricted breeds, and commercial security dogs, must be microchipped.
• By 1 November 2015, all dogs must be microchipped.
If your dog has been captured and is being kept in the Pound you will be required to pay fees before your dog will be released to you. Additionally, if it is found that your dog is not registered you will also be required to pay the registration fee applicable and may be liable for a fine.
Download information on new Dog Laws here.