New dog and cat laws are coming on 1 July 2018. Changes include compulsory microchipping and desexing.
To find out what you need to know, please download the Reforms Factsheet or visit the Dog and Cat Management Board website.
Assistance to de-sex or microchip your dog or cat
The City of Unley is pleased to offer financial assistance to residents of Unley to de-sex or microchip their dog or cat. Conditions apply, please download the application form below for more details.
All dogs aged three months or over must be registered with us each year. The annual Dog Registration Fee is $80. No fee applies for accredited assistance dog under Section 21A of the Act. For more information visit the Dog and Cat Management Boards Website.
When you register your dog with us for the first time you will need to complete a Dog Registration Form. Please attach a copy of your driver’s licence (or proof of identification/age) and include any relevant information including copy of concession cards and any certificates i.e. Microchip, Desexing & Training.
Please note the registered owner must be over 16 years of age.
All dogs must be re-registered each financial year. Payments are to be made between 1 July and 31 August each year.
It is the responsibility of the dog owner to ensure that their dog(s) are registered each year.
Discounts are available for registrations upon presentation of evidence for the following:
Please ensure your dog’s address and other details are up to date by completing a Change of Dog Registration Details Form. We must be notified if:
Notify us by:
When you register your dog you will be given a registration disc to attach to the dog's collar. The registration disc enables the dog to be identified should it be found if it becomes lost or goes wandering.
Many responsible dog owners chose to have their dog’s microchipped which provides permanent identification. Dogs can be microchipped by vets and on Council run microchipping days.
Standard Dog: this applies only to a dog that is both desexed and microchipped.
Non-standard Dog (full fee): this applies to dogs that are not microchipped and desexed even if they are exempt from the requirement to desex or microchip.
Racing Greyhound: Greyhounds must be currently registered with the SA Greyhound Racing Control Board – current registration papers must be presented. Greyhounds that are not racing are considered and applied as Non Standard or Standard Dog.
Working Livestock Dog: Classification of a working dog is at the discretion of the Registrar of Dogs. Please contact City of Unley on 8372 5111 for further information.
Accredited Assistance Dog: No fee is charged for those dogs that have been trained and certified as disability dogs/hearing/guide. Proof of accreditation is required.
Dog owners are responsible for the care and well-being of their pet and to ensure that it is safe at all times and well behaved most of the time.
All dogs make noise at some time. However, if you are concerned about the level of noise a dog is creating the first step towards resolving the issue is to try to speak to the owner in a non-threatening manner and try to reach a compromise.
Often the dog owner can be unaware that their dog is causing a nuisance as they may not be at their property when the barking occurs. Most dog owners are willing to work with their neighbours to achieve an amicable outcome.
Print out the letter below and give to your neighbour as a first point of contact if their dog's barking is becoming a nuisance.
Remember, dogs bark for many reasons. If these simple tips do not help, seek further advice.
If a complaint about a noisy dog is received, the City of Unley may observe the dog to assess whether it is creating a noise that 'persistently occurs to such an extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of others'. (Section 45A, Part 5 of the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.)
Most complaints about noisy dogs received by the City of Unley are handled informally and through mediation. This way all parties are given the opportunity to work towards a resolution before any legal action is taken.
The person making the complaint needs to be willing to keep a diary recording the extent and occasions that the dog causes a nuisance. In addition, the person must be prepared to attend Court if necessary to give evidence in order for the Council to proceed when all other measures have been exhausted.
If the City of Unley is unable to resolve the complaint informally they will commence a formal investigation of the situation that may include speaking with other neighbours who may be affected by the noise of the dog.
The investigation will include providing the person who made the complaint, the dog owner and surrounding neighbours with Diary Sheets to record the noise of the dog.
If the information recorded in the Diary Sheets substantiates the claim that the dog is unreasonably interfering with the peace, comfort or convenience of others the Rangers may issue the dog owner with an expiation notice for the alleged offence.
Once the nature of the complaint has been substantiated the dog owner will be sent a notice to rectify within 7 to 21 days.
If the problem is not resolved the City of Unley may consider issuing a letter informing the owner of Council's intention to issue a Control Order in accordance with the provisions of the Dog and Cat Management Act (1995).
If the Order is implemented and subsequently contravened the City of Unley can take steps to give effect to the Order. This will most likely lead to prosecution in a Court of Summary Jurisdiction at which the person who made the complaint will be required to attend.
Dog owners have the right to appeal the intention to issue an Order.
The Council can instigate an immediate prosecution against a dog owner who allows their dog to create a persistent noise nuisance.
If a person is found guilty the Court has the ability to:
Any person can institute Civil Proceedings against a dog owner in a Court, however, this course of action can only be handled by the complainant and cannot be handled by the City of Unley.
Complaints and Grievance Procedures
If you believe that the City of Unley has not handled the matter in accordance with its obligations under the Dog and Cat Management Act please contact us. In the first instance we will seek to resolve any problems.
Owners may request a formal review of decision (as provided for under Section 270 of the Local Government Act) where a person not directly involved in handling the issue will conduct a review.
Owners retain the right at any time refer the matter to the State Ombudsman's Office for an investigation.
The City of Unley's parks and playgrounds encourage community participation and contribute to fostering a vibrant, safe, cohesive and strong community.
The City of Unley has three types of Dog Exercise Areas:
Dogs may be exercised off-leash at all times at:
Please check for signs indicating designated dog off-leash areas. Dogs may be exercised off-leash between 5pm and 10am at:
IMPORTANT: Dogs can be exercised off their leash provided:
Effective control means:
Dogs must remain on-leash in the following areas:
It is prohibited to allow your dog:
This is a record of dogs currently held by the City of Unley. Upon release of a dog, impound fees and registration if required will be charged.
No dogs are currently listed
Dogs may not appear on the website on the day impounded but will appear with 24 hours. Please check this website regularly and contact our office for any further enquires, please phone 8372 5111.
Expiations may be issued for dogs found wandering at large and/or unregistered.
Found dogs will be transferred to All Pets Boarding Village 92 Mount Barker Rd, Mt Osmond, phone 8379 1995.
Any dog NOT CLAIMED within 72 hours of the time of being impounded will be sent to the Animal Welfare League 1-9 Cormack Road, Wingfield, phone 8348 1300.
If your dog becomes lost you should act quickly to:
Under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 any dog that becomes impounded is required to be held by the animal shelters for three working days only and may be sold or put down if not claimed.
Dogs that are properly identified need not be subjected to this process as they can be quickly returned to their owners. A current telephone number on another disc on your dog's collar is also advisable.
If you find a stray dog, try to contain the animal safely if you can, and contact us on 8372 5111 (if after-hours you will be transferred to our after-hours service). If you are unable to contain the animal, advise us of the description of the dog and its whereabouts. Every endeavour will be made to reunite the dog with its owner.
It is important you do not keep a stray dog you have found as the animal may have been reported missing and may be in need of medication and you will be preventing authorities from returning the dog to its rightful owner. Only Dog Management Officers appointed by Councils are empowered to deal with stray or wandering dogs.
Under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animal Act, 1995 it is an offence to abandon a dog and penalties are severe.
Positive Dog Training
Download the Dog Obedience Classes PDF for local training session times.
Dogs must be over four months of age and vaccinated. All breeds are welcome. Please note that obedience training will not be held if the forecast temperature is 34 degrees or above on the day of training.
For further information please contact Council on 8372 5111.
Leaving dog faeces on streets, footpaths and parks is smelly, unsightly and can be very unpleasant to step in!
Dog faeces is a serious litter issue with wide ranging impacts on amenity, health and the environment. Dog faeces carry harmful bacteria and nutrients. When waste makes its way via stormwater drains into creeks, rivers and beaches, it can create unsafe pollution.
By cleaning up after your dog and using a leash when out walking, you can assist in preserving public open space privileges for both owners and their dogs.
Cleaning up after your dog is easy. Most Unley parks have dispenser bags available for your use. Please note these bags are not compostable, please dispose of them into provided litter bins, or in your bin at home (but not recycling or green organics bins).
Compostable dog bags and holders are available for purchase from Council. Compostable dog bags can be disposed of in your green organics bin. You could also compost dog faeces, either in composting units or in worm farms.
Under the City of Unley By-law 5, no person is to allow a dog under that person’s control, charge or authority to be in a public place or on local government land unless that person has in their possession a bag or other suitable container for collection and lawful disposal of any faeces that the dog may deposit for the purpose of complying with their obligation under section 46A(6) of the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.
When safe to do so, please report the dog attack to the City of Unley on 8372 5111. Please seek medial or veterinary treatment as required.
We will investigate the incident as soon as practicable. To assist the investigating officer, please keep your own notes detailing:
You should also keep copies of any medical certificates/vet or doctor bills as evidence.
When a dog is reported:
Depending on the severity of the attack, Council may:
The maximum penalty for a dog attack is $2,500.
If you have any questions please contact us on 8372 5111.
The dog's owner or the person who has care and control of the dog is responsible for its actions and behaviour. It is an offence for a dog to attack, harass or chase:
Find out more from the Dog and Cat Management Act, 1995
Dogs bite for many reasons. The most common reasons are fear, pain or confusion when mixing with people and other dogs. Ignoring signs of aggression can result in serious injury to you, a member of your family or others. You can discourage biting by:
To help members of the community understand the expectation of Council in relation to the keeping of poultry, the following guidelines have been developed to assist in the prevention of nuisance and for the maintenance of public health.
For the purpose of these guidelines “Poultry” means all fowls, geese, turkeys and ducks of any age above four weeks.
While keeping roosters is not prohibited, the practice is not encouraged in residential areas. Invariably, complaints about noise will be received and the owner will be required to remove the bird(s) if they cause justifiable nuisance.
Please note that this information is only intended to provide guidance to the community and does not in any way bind the Council.
For further information, please contact The City of Unley Environmental Health Section on 8372 5111.
We are fortunate in Unley to share our neighbourhood with a variety of native wildlife species. If you do though come across an injured or abandoned native animal, we recommend you contact the Adelaide Koala and Wildlife Hospital located at 282 Anzac Highway, Plympton.
Phone: (08) 8297 2455
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9am-5pm
Out of Hours or Emergency: (08) 8371 0333
A team of dedicated professionals at the Adelaide Koala & Wildlife Hospital provide free emergency vet services to injured wildlife. The hospital takes in injured or orphaned wildlife with the aim of rehabilitation and release. They also participate in a wide variety of educational programs for students, carers, veterinary students and the public.
Visit the Adelaide Koala & Wildlife Hospital webpage for more information on their services and the ways that you can help.
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