THE LAW, YOU & YOUR DOG
The laws known in the various sates and territories as Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 and Companion Animals Act 1998 proclaim the following offences which dog owners should know about:
· Abandoning a dog.
· Conveying a dog in circumstances involving cruelty.
· Failure to provide drinking water, food or shelter for a dog.
· Failure to provide reasonable daily exercise to a dog which is habitually chained or closely confined.
· Ill treating, injuring, tormenting or torturing of dog.
· Killing a dog in a cruel manner or unlawfully or maliciously.
· Failure of a driver to stop and render aid to a dog hit by their motor car.
· Failure to report such an accident to local police is a breach of the Motor Traffic Act.
If you suspect cruelty to an animal, inform the RSPCA or Police immediately.
The State and Territory Dog or Companion Animals Acts or Municipal By-laws list the following offences:
· Allowing a dog to wander;
· Failure to keep a dog on a leash in a public place;
· Failure of an owner to register a dog with the municipality in which it is kept when it reaches the age of six months;
· Failure to have attached to the collar of a dog the owner’s name, address or telephone number;
· Allowing a dog to pursue, injure, or kill an animal;
· Allowing a dog to rush at, attack, worry or chase an animal or human;
· Taking dogs into National Parks.
In addition, many municipalities prohibit more than two dogs being kept in a residence without permission; fouling of public places by dogs; noise pollution particularly between sunset and sunrise; the taking of dogs to specific places (e.g. beach).
You have the responsiblitity to familiarising yourself with the laws and requirements of your state/territory and council and abiding by them.
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