Council provides an animal control service which incorporates livestock management and dog control. New state laws to control cats started on the 1 July 2012. Circular Head Council has no role in the control of cats please read below for more information and links to the state government cat control web page.
Our animal control service covers the registration of dogs, impoundment of stray dogs, along with the investigation of nuisances and dog attacks. Council also deals with the removal of livestock from our roads.
A copy of Council's animal control fees can be found here. Important information to remember in relation to Council's animal control fees:
- The registration period commences on the 1 July and concludes on the 30 June each year.
- If you register a dog within 31 days from date of purchase (evidence is required), you will be eligible for Council's discount period registration fee.
- A certificate of sterilisation is required for any sterilised dog to be eligible for the reduced fee.
- Guide dogs or hearing dogs are required to be registered however; they are not subject to a registration fee.
For information on changes to dog control laws, please go to www.dpac.tas.gov.au/divisions/lgd/dog_control
If you have any questions about animal control within the Circular Head Municipality, please don't hesitate to contact us on (03) 6452 4800.
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and the Environment have implemented new cat management laws and regulations which came into effect in Tasmania on 1 July 2012.
As part of the new laws cat owners are:
- Encouraged to have their cats desexed and microchipped and programs are being developed to help them take this important step before it becomes compulsory in the future;
- The breeding of cats is now restricted to registered breeders;
- Anyone can sell or give away a cat but they must ensure the animal is at least eight weeks of age and is wormed, vaccinated, microchipped and desexed;
- Lost microchipped cats will be held by the RSPCA for at least five days and unmicrochipped cats for three days to give owners an opoortunity to look for their lost pet.
More information is available by clicking here.
For further information on wildlife contact Parks and Wildlife click here or contact them at their Smithton Office on (03) 64524998.