Facts and Information: Your Responsibilities
Owning any animal comes with responsibilities. The Fact sheet below will assist in clarification of some of the responsibilities that YOU as an owner are required to be aware of and comply with if you own a dog.
Should you have any questions regarding the responsibilities of dog ownership in the Shire of East Pilbara please contact the Shire on 9175 8000.
If you own a dog, you have a legal responsibility to keep it registered and
under control, either within a fenced area on your property or on a
when in public.
All dogs should be registered with the Shire's main administration office in Newman. Should you move within the State, you can transfer the registration between Shires.
All registrations are due on the first of November each year. When registering your dog, you have the option of registering for 1 year, 3 years or a lifetime registration for the life of the dog. A lifetime registration is the most economical and easiest option. With this option you only have to register your dog once and never have to worry about any future registrations. To be eligible your dog must be micro-chipped.
A person under 18 years of age may not lawfully register a dog in his/her name. The dog must be registered by a parent or another adult who will then be regarded as the lawful owner. Pensioners are entitled to a concession on their dog registration upon production of a Pensioner Concession Card or both a Commonwealth and State Seniors card .
As the owner or person in charge of a dog, you can be given an On-the-spot-Fine of $200 for not having your dog on a leash when in public or for allowing it to roam (except at designated dog exercise areas). If the matter goes to court, the penalty could be as high as $5000.
You are responsible for ensuring that your dog is not creating a public nuisance by barking excessively.
The On-the-spot-Fine for allowing your dog to bark persistently is $200. If taken to court, the fine could be up to $5000. Please consider the impact of your dog's behaviour on your neighbours.
HOW MANY DOGS CAN I KEEP AT HOME?
Each household is allowed to keep NO more than two dogs over the age of 3 months.
All dogs over the age of 3 months must be registered with the Shire of East Pilbara and micro chipped. If you wish to keep more than 2 dogs, you must first apply to the Shire of East Pilbara.
If you are bitten by a dog, or even rushed at in an aggressive manner, it is considered an "Attack" under current laws. Any such behaviour is a very serious matter with substantial fines and penalties. A dog attack or chase not resulting in injury does incur a $200 penalty. If an injury is incurred an On-the-spot-Fine of $400 will apply.
WHAT IF I LOSE MY DOG?
You should inform Ranger Services immediately on
(08) 9175 8000.
Once that's done you should continue looking for your dog as you have the best chance of finding it.
Remember if your dog is wearing a collar / tag and is micro chipped it can be more easily identified. It is also helpful if you keep a current photo of your animal.
To view details of impounded animals visit our impound webpage.
Pursuant to the powers conferred by the Dog Act 1976, lost dogs are impounded at the Newman Dog Pound.
If impounded dogs are not claimed within one hundred and sixty eight hours (168) or 7 days from the time and date of impoundment, the dog may be disposed of pursuant to the "Act".
Impounding Fee : $85.00
Kennelling Fee : $20.00 Per day or part thereof.
Note: Before any dog can be released from the Shire of East Pilbara pound facility, they must be registered and micro chipped - with all infringements and pound fees paid in full.
DOG EXERCISE AREAS
The Shire of East Pilbara has numerous designated areas where you can exercise you dog. See below for locations:
- Boomerang Oval (off lead area)
- Boorthanna Park (off lead area)
- Goanna Oval (off lead area)
- Kangaroo Oval (off lead area)
- Emu Oval (off lead area)
Be aware that dogs are not
permitted at any time on Capricorn Football Oval.
The Shire of East Pilbara also provides a well equipped, fully fenced, designated dog exercise area
located on the corner of Newman Dr and Mindarra Dr in Newman.
Please remember to take a bottle of water for yourself and your pet when walking or exercising your dog as recycled water is used to reticulate all of the above areas and should not be used as drinking water.
Marble Bar Locations - 230 General Street
Nullagine - 167 Cooke Street
In addition to all the areas listed above you are able to take your dog outside of the three townsites and exercise it off lead as long as a competent and responsible person liable for the control of the dog is in close proximity to the dog.
That person must be capable of controlling the dog and carrying a leash, with which he or she is capable of securing the dog, should the need arise.
TAKE AWAY WHAT YOUR DOG LEAVES BEHIND
Dog droppings are a source of annoyance and can pose a health risk to users of footpaths and recreation areas. Shire of East Pilbara has local laws that require the person in charge of the dog to remove their dog's droppings and adequately dispose of them.
The Shire of East Pilbara provides "pick up bags" which are located in all approved dog exercise areas. A good habit to adopt is that if you "take the lead - take a bag".
Pick up bags are also available from the Shire Of East Pilbara Administration Office in Marble Bar.
Penalties for dog attacks - Penalty: $3000 to $20,000 and potential imprisonment.
A dog attack is a very serious matter. If your dog attacks a person or another animal, you will
be held responsible even if you are not present at the time of the offence.
DOGS TO WEAR COLLARS AND TAGS
If a dog is found in a public place NOT wearing a collar and tag - even if that dog is registered, every person liable for the control of that dog at that time commits an offence.
Dog in a place without consent, On - the-spot Fine $200.
Dog not wearing a collar and tag, On - the - spot Fine $200.
NAME AND ADDRESS TO BE SUPPLIED
A person who is alleged to have committed an offence under the Dog Act 1976 is required under the "Act" to supply an officer or authorised person with his or her current name and address or place of residence. Failure to provide this information, or to give misinformation is an offence under the "Act".
On - the - spot Fine $200.
FAILURE TO EFFECTIVELY CONFINE A DOG
Even if your dog is registered and is found wandering, every person liable for the control of that dog at the time may be issued an infringement for - Failure to provide means of effectively confining a dog.
On - the - spot Fine $200.
Tel: (08) 9175 8000
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