Pet Owner & Breeder Responsibilities
- • A permit is required to breed a cat or a dog. You can apply for a permit by contacting Council for an application form. Allowing your cat or dog to breed without a permit can result in a fine of $609.00
- In Queensland, it is a requirement when supplying or giving away a cat or dog to another person that the animal be microchipped. A fine of $243 can be issued by Council when a cat or dog is supplied without a micro-chip implanted into the animal.
- If you become the owner of a cat or dog and it has not been implanted with a microchip, you still need to ensure, within 14 days of becoming the owner, that the animal is implanted with a microchip.
- In Queensland, a person who becomes an owner of a dog must register the dog in the relevant local government’s area within 14 days of becoming the owner. Micro-chipping your dog is NOT registration. Failure to register your dog can result in a fine of $243.
- Under Douglas Shire Council’s Local Laws, it is prohibited to keep cats and no more than one dog north of the Kimberley Range for allotments located in a Conservation Planning Area.
- Council is now adopting a zero tolerance approach to unregistered cat and dog breeders and will be issuing fines for non-compliance in the first instance. Local Laws Officers will continue to monitor social media sites and follow up compliance with any suspected unregistered cat or dog breeders.
Should you require further information, or wish to report concerns or breaches relating to the keeping of animals in Douglas Shire, please call Council of 4099 9444.
If you are having problems with an animal within the Douglas Shire Council area, whether it be:
- a wandering dog
- excessive noise from an animal (barking etc)
- excessive animals kept on premises eg: cats, dogs, poultry
Council prefers that you speak with your neighbour and or keeper of the animal to make them aware of any issues. Should your approach not be successful, then please contact Council on 4099 9444, and inform them of your problem.
If you encounter a deceased animal in any of these locations, the responsibility of safely disposing of the remains belongs to:
- Public places, roadways, drains, creeks, above high water mark – contact Council on 4099 9444. You will need to provide them with the exact location of the deceased animal.
- Below the high water mark – Please contact the Environmental Protection Agency.
- Private property – for deceased animals on private property the landowner is responsible.