City of Wanneroo’s dog and cat laws changed

City of Wanneroo’s dog and cat laws changed

CHANGES to the City of Wanneroo’s dog and cat laws have been adopted by councillors.

The Dogs Local Law 2016 replaces the City’s Animals Local Law 1999 and includes amendments regarding containment, the maximum number of dogs that can be kept, requirements for kennels and enforcement provisions.

The law only deals with matters that are not covered under the Dog Act 1976 and Dog Regulations 2013.

It requires that properties must be adequately fenced to contain dogs and makes non-compliance an offence.

Under the law, it is also an offence to not remove faeces left by a dog anywhere except where consented by the owner or occupier.

Penalties will be between $500 and $5000.

The Cats Local Law 2016 sets the number of cats to be kept at three, except for vet hospitals and cat management facilities, and also deals with appeals and enforcement.

People can apply to keep additional cats and the local law makes it possible for the City to set out approval conditions on a case-by-case basis.

Both laws were advertised for public comment for seven weeks, with no resident responses received.

Councillors supported the introduction of the laws at the June 28 meeting. They will come into effect 14 days after being published in the WA Government Gazette.