Expiation notices can be issued for a number of offences under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.
Dog and Cats Online - a new way to register your dog from 1 July
From 1 July 2018, Dogs and Cats Online (DACO) will be the new way to register your dog (or cat in those councils where cat registration applies).
Dogs and Cats Online has been developed to allow pet owners to instantly update registration or microchip details if you move house or change phone numbers, and pay your annual council registration fees.
Dogs and Cats Online will also assist councils, shelters and the general public in reuniting lost pets with their owners.
For more information, visit: Dog and Cat Management Board
Some of the offences under the Dog and Cat Management Act include wandering at large, dog attack/harassment, unregistered dog and failing to correctly identify your dog.
Wandering at large
Dog owners are required to have their dogs under effective control when in a public place. If a dog is found in a public space and is not under effective contro,l the Council may choose to issue an expiation notice to the person in care and control of the dog at the time of the alleged offence.
Having your dog registered ensures that the Council is easily able to identify the correct owner and return your dog in the event that it ever becomes lost. In addition to this, under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 all dogs over the age of three months are required to be registered within 14 days and failure to register a dog can result in the Council issuing an expiation notice.
In the event that a dog is involved in an attack or harassment of another animal or human, the Council is authorised to issue the owner with an expiation notice.
Download: Schedule of fees and charges
Download: Urban Animal Management Plan