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Are you a pet owner in Australia? If yes, you likely own a cute pup. However, did you know that your local authorities specify explicit laws that govern pet ownership? As a pet owner, it's imperative to understand these laws to avoid the fines and other consequences imposed by animal welfare authorities. Therefore, if you own a pet, especially a dog, consider the following pet laws to stay on the safe side of the law.
When Dog Noises Are Deemed a Nuisance
It's natural for dogs to bark, but excessive barking can cause disturbance in your neighborhood. For instance, a dog that barks continuously throughout the day might disrupt the calm and peace in the neighborhood. Because of this, you might get into trouble if your neighbours file a complaint with your local authorities.
However, for you to be held accountable for violating dog barking statutes, your neighbours must lodge two or more complaints with your local authorities. If the local authorities determine without any doubt that your dog is causing more nuisance than is required, you might be heavily fined by your local authorities.
The Tight Dog Leash Regulations
Local authorities across Australia continue tightening an effort to protect animal rights and individuals from dog bites. Because of this, you must maintain excellent dog control measures, including using dog leashes not longer than two metres. The primary reason behind this length is to secure the dog and prevent it from biting people. Consider reading more about dog leash laws in the Dog and Cat Management Act to learn more.
3-Months Old Dogs Should be Registered
After turning three months old, Australian law demands that dog owners register them under the Dog and Cat Management Act. You will be responsible for managing and registering your pet as soon as you register your dog. If you don't register your dog within two weeks of ownership, you might risk getting fined by the local authorities.
Designated Dog Park Laws
There is no better feeling than walking your dog in the park without worrying about using the leash. However, different local authorities across Australia define rules that every pet owner should follow while walking their dog in the park. For example, pups that are less than half a year old and kids are barred from visiting council-designated dog parks. Furthermore, the law only allows confident, social, and healthy dogs in council-designated dog parks. Failing to observe these regulations might cause unnecessary conflicts with park users.
To learn more about pet laws in your local jurisdiction, visit your local council office or website for more insights.