Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Hon David Templeman Dip Tchg BEd MLA

Minister for Culture and the Arts; Sport and Recreation; International Education; Heritage

    Pause for paws: have your say on WA’s cat and dog laws

    12/05/2019 7:00 AM
    • State Government calls for feedback on the current cat and dog laws
    • The introduction of the Cat Act 2011 brought in mandatory sterilisation of cats and amendments to the Dog Act 1976 in 2013 included compulsory microchipping
    • The consultation period will be open for three months until August 4, 2019 

    Community members are invited to 'pause for paws' and have their say on the effectiveness of Western Australia's cat and dog laws.


    The Cat Act 2011 and Dog Act 1976 are designed to assist with the control and management of cats and dogs in WA, primarily carried out by local governments. 


    The cat law included mandatory microchipping and sterilisation of all cats aged six months and over, as well as registration of cats with the relevant local government.


    The aim was to reduce the impact of unwanted cats on the community and environment and encourage responsible pet ownership.


    Amendments to the Dog Act made in 2013 included compulsory microchipping of all dogs and stricter control of dangerous dogs to improve community safety.


    The State Government is reviewing how effective these amendments have been in the control and management of cats and dogs in WA.


    Local Government Minister David Templeman today released a consultation paper exploring some key issues.


    To have your say, read the paper and complete the short survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/58L3QJZ  


    Comments attributed to Local Government Minister David Templeman:


    "The State Government is committed to ensuring this important legislation is up to date and fit for purpose in the control and management of cats and dogs in Western Australia.


    "From encouraging responsible pet ownership, keeping the community and other animals safe, reuniting lost pets with their owners to reducing the number of animals that are admitted to shelters and euthanised, the legislation impacts the whole community.


    "We are now seeking community feedback to ensure that the operation and effectiveness of these laws meet community expectations. 


    "Local governments do a terrific job in administering the laws in their local communities and their feedback is also encouraged."   


    Minister's office - 6552 5400