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Have your say on Companion Animals regulation

Date: Monday 23rd April 2018
Category: Ministerial Media Release

Increased on-the-spot fines for dog attacks and dangerous dog offences and extending discounted registration fees for adopted rescue animals are part of proposed changes to the NSW Companion Animals Regulation.
Minister for Local Government Gabrielle Upton today released a new draft Companion Animals Regulation for public consultation and a Regulatory Impact Statement which found the Regulation had made a positive impact on the welfare and management of NSW’s dogs and cats.
“The NSW Government is determined to keep people and animals in our communities safe and to make sure that we have the best system to reunite lost pets with their owners, rehome rescue animals and work to keep them out of pounds and shelters,” Ms Upton said.
Proposed changes to the Regulation include:

  • More than doubling on-the-spot fines for dog attacks
  • Increased on-the-spot fines for offences in relation to dangerous, menacing or restricted dogs
  • A 50 per cent discount on pet registration fees for animals adopted from approved rescue organisations.

The Companion Animals Regulation provides for the identification, registration and management of companion animals, and the regulation of dangerous and restricted dogs. It also sets registration fees and offences for which penalty notices can be issued.

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