From the Rangers Desk
From the Rangers Desk is an education program in local news outlets including Wongi, website and mail drops when necessary explaining legislation to residents to ensure compliance with WA Acts and Legislation that Local Government is responsible to enforce. The goal of the program is to build the communities knowledge and understanding so the community knows their rights and responsibilities so incidents can be avoided.
Neither I nor the council wish to see any of our residents subjected to any of the penalties. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to give me a call.
Ranger 0488 231 589
Have you registered your cat?
CAT ACT 2011
What Does This Mean For You And Your Feline Friend?
“From 1 November 2013”
All cats that have reached the age of six months are required to be:
- Registered with the relevant local government (Shire of Woodanilling)
- Your cat will be required to wear a collar and registration tag to ensure they can be easily identified and returned to you if they become lost.
At the time of this going to press the Woodanilling shire ONLY has 17 cats registered but we have paperwork for about double that amount that have already been microchipped.
The State regulations state that:
Registration, identification and sterilisation of cats
Division 1 — Registration and tagging
Subdivision 1 — Cats must be registered and tagged
Cats to be registered
The owner of a cat that has reached 6 months of age must ensure that the cat is registered with the local government in whose district the cat is ordinarily kept. Penalty: a fine of $5 000.
(1) An offence against regulation 6(1) is a prescribed offence for the purposes of section 62(1) of the Act and the modified penalty for the offence is a fine of $200.
Microchipping your cats and dogs
21. Microchipping of dogs
(1) On and after 1 November 2013, the owner of a dog must ensure that the dog is microchipped if —
(a) the dog has reached 3 months of age; and
(b) the dog was not registered under this Act or the law of another State or a Territory so that its registration was in effect on 31 October 2013.
Penalty: a fine of $5 000.
(4) A dog is exempt from microchipping if a certificate given by a veterinarian stating that the implantation of a microchip in the dog may adversely affect the health and welfare of the dog applies in respect of the dog.
14. Cats to be microchipped
(1) The owner of a cat that has reached 6 months of age must ensure that the cat is
microchipped, unless the cat is exempt from microchipping.
Penalty: a fine of $5 000.
(2) A cat is exempt from microchipping if a certificate given by a veterinarian stating that the
implantation of a microchip in the cat may adversely affect the health and welfare of the
cat applies in respect of the cat.
Extract from www.slp.wa.gov.au, see that website for further information
IT IS TIME TO REGISTER YOUR CAT
The Cat Act 2012 came into full effect on 1 November. The Shire of Woodanilling is now taking registrations at the Shire office. More information and registration fees and forms can be collected from the office or downloaded HERE