No rego needed for working dogs

WORKING dogs do not have to be registered under the new animal registration legislation.

To clarify a previous Daily News article, all cats and dogs, except for working dogs, must be registered from December 10.

A council spokesperson explained the definition of a working dog was a dog usually kept or proposed to be kept on rural land and by an owner who is the primary producer, or a person engaged or employed by a primary producer.

A working dog is kept primarily for the purpose of droving, protecting, tending, or working, stock; or being trained in droving, protecting, tending, or working, stock.

So, if a person has working dogs that fall under this definition then those dogs do not require registration.

Pig dogs would not be regarded as working dogs.

However, once a working dog retires it no longer fits under the definition of working dog therefore becomes a pet and would require registration.

The registration of cats and dogs is a state-imposed legislation and council has lamented the cost and logistical difficulty of imposing cat registration in the Southern Downs.

The amount of dogs kept is governed by the Local Law (which has existed for more than 10 years) and the Planning Scheme.

Under the local law you must hold a permit if you have two dogs in a settled area, or on land outside a settled area having an area of less than 10,000sq m, unless they are working dogs.

A permit is required to keep the following animals more than one, but not more than two dogs, except where approval has been obtained for a kennel under the planning scheme in a settled area and on land outside a settled area having an area of less than 10,000sq m.

This is the Local Law and has been the Local Law since 1999.

It has nothing to do with the new Act.

Anyone with a non-working dog over the age of 12 weeks must register that dog within 14 days or an infringement notice can be issued.

Registration fees for dogs are: desexed $30 standard; $15 discount; not desexed $110 standard, $95 discount.



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