The Companion Animals Act (the Act), which came into effect in September 1998, benefits domestic animals and the wider community by clarifying the rights and responsibilities of pet owners.
Measures outlined in the Act include:
- permanent identification of animals through lifetime registration and microchipping
- de-sexing of pets to prevent over-breeding
- responsibilities associated with pet ownership.
In addition, The Companion Animals Regulation 1999 outlines specific rules for how The Act should be implemented.
The permanent identification and lifetime registration system which came into effect on 1 July 1999 greatly assists authorities in returning lost and injured animals to their owners. It helps Hurstville City Council keep track of dogs and cats for the benefit of the wider community. The legislation also covers control of cats and dogs, dangerous dogs, assistance animals used by people with a disability and seized animals.
Read The Companion Animals Act 1998
Read The Companion Animals Regulation 1999