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Animal Management Plan(978 kb)


Pet Registrations and Renewals due by 31 August 2019

Annual pet registration notices were sent by the Dog and Cat Management Board in July 2019.  Registrations should be renewed by 31 August 2019.

If you need to renew your pets registration or register a new pet go to  Dogs and Cats Online (DACO)


Dogs and Cat Reforms - from 1 July 2018 

Cat and Dog

On 1 July 2018, new laws were introduced impacting dog and cat owners and breeders in South Australia. These include:

- The introduction of a statewide database called Dogs and Cats Online (DACO)
- Mandatory microchipping of dogs and cats
- New rules for breeders and sellers of dogs and cats

A full overview of the reforms can be found on the Dog and Cat Board website at:


Dogs and Cats Online  (DACO)

From 1 July 2018, all dog and cat registrations will be kept on a statewide database, Dogs and Cats Online (DACO). Owners will be able to login online any time and update their contact details, pay annual dog registration renewals, and notify Council if their dog or cat has gone missing.

All cat microchip information is required to be registered on DACO. Owners are responsible for recording this information on DACO if their cats were microchipped before 1 July 2018. Microchip implanters are responsible for documenting this information on DACO if they microchip a cat after 1 July 2018.

Dogs and Cats Online (DACO)


Mandatory microchipping and desexing

All dogs and cats must be microchipped, with puppies and kittens needing to be microchipped by 12 weeks of age or at the point of sale. If you become the owner of a new dog or cat that doesn’t already have a microchip, you must have one implanted within 28 days.

Dog and Cat Board - Microchipping laws

All dogs (excluding working livestock dogs) and cats born after 1 July 2018 must be desexed by the time they are six months of age*. If you become the owner of a new dog or cat after 1 July 2018, they must be desexed within 28 days. They can only be desexed by a registered veterinary surgeon.

*Exemptions apply. For more information, visit


Breeders and sellers

All dog and cat breeders and sellers must abide by the South Australian Standards and Guidelines for Breeding and Trading Companion Animals that were introduced in August 2017.

From 1 July 2018, if you are a breeder and you intend on selling a dog or a cat, you need to register as a breeder with the Dog and Cat Management Board.

You cannot sell a dog or cat unless it has been desexed and microchipped in accordance with the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.



Dog & Cat Registration Fee Structure - 2019/20

Pet registration fees 2019/20

Expiations and Fines

Residents should be aware that on the 1st of July 2017 the Dog and Cat Management Board, a statutory board in South Australia, significantly increased the fines and expiations for dogs and cats.

For more information and examples of costs please visit


Dog and Cat By-laws

Dogs By-Law 2016: A By-law to limit the number of dogs kept on premises and for the management and control of dogs in the Council’s area.   Dogs By-Law 2016(313 kb)


Cats By-Law 2016: A By-law to limit the number of cats kept on premises, to establish a registration scheme for cats and and for the management and control of cats in the Council area.  Cats By-Law 2016(306 kb)


Dog Attack Information

What to do if a dog attacks:

After a dog attack, you should seek medical and/or veterinary treatment as a priority.

When safe to do so, you must report the attack to Council. You can contact our animal management team on 8671 0010 or after-hours call 8671 0010 and press option 2 for immediate assistance.

 Report the incident ASAP

Like all serious incidents, time is a critical factor in dealing with dog attacks. This is especially important if the offending dog is wandering at large and still poses a risk to the public or other animals. 

To help Council investigators, please try to gather the following information before contacting us:

  • the date, time and exact location of the attack. If you’re not sure, use your GPS equipped smart phone to check on a map.
  • a description of the offending dog - name tag/collar, breed, colour, sex, markings, and the like.
  • If with another person - a description of the owner/person - name, address, contact phone number, male or female, age,  hair colour, clothing
  • if a car was involved and the offender drove away with the dog - car registration number,  make, model, colour
  • a description and photographs of any injuries and location on your body,the victim’s body and/or the pet's body.

You should also keep copies of any medical certificates, vet or doctor bills as evidence.

Please see the Dog Attack Information attachment for further information regarding - What happens when a dog is reported, who is responsible, potential fines, preventing dog bites and more.

Dog Attack Information(158 kb)


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6 Richardson Place

Roxby Downs SA 5725

Monday to Friday

9.00am - 5.00pm

Closed Public Holidays

PO Box 124

Roxby Downs SA 5725

Phone: (08) 8671 0010

Fax: (08) 8671 0452

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