Animal Management

The benefits of owning a pet are well known and a big part of regional living.  We encourage and promote responsible pet ownership to enable pets and people to live in harmony.

On this page you will find details on:

  • Registering your dog
  • Walking your dog
  • Barking dogs
  • Dog attacks or harassment
  • Lost and found animals

REGISTERING YOUR DOG

We are required by the Act to keep a register of dogs in the local area. To ensure the register is kept up to date, you will need to renew your dog registration every 12 months during July and August.

All dogs aged 3 months or over and living on the property longer than 14 days must be registered with Council. Persons registering a dog must be 16 years of age or older.

You can register your dog by filling in the Application for Dog Registration Form or visiting the Renmark Paringa Council office.

Council has set a limit on the number of dogs that can be kept in private premises (refer to By-Law No. 5). If you are thinking of getting an extra dog, you may need to fill in an application form for exemption from this limit. An Animal Management Officer will check that your property is suitable for extra animals.

The Public Dog Register is available to locate dogs within the Renmark Paringa area.

Failure to register a dog is an offence under the Act and the owner or person responsible for the dog may be fined.

WALKING YOUR DOG

When walking your dogs in public they are required to be on a lead. However, they can be exercised off the lead in the off leash dog park but must be under effective control at all times.

Effective control off lead is when the dog:

  • Responds immediately to voice commands
  • Remains in close proximity and visible at all times (not behind you)
  • Does not approach other people, animals or birds unless permitted by the other person.

BARKING DOGS

All dogs make noise at some time. However, if you are concerned about the level of noise a dog is creating the first step towards resolving the issue is to try to speak to the owner in a non-threatening manner and try to reach a compromise.

Often the dog owner can be unaware that their dog is causing a nuisance as they may not be at their property when the barking occurs. Most dog owners are willing to work with their neighbours to achieve an amicable outcome.

Should the problem persist please contact our General Inspector on  8580 3000 or email council@renmarkparinga.sa.gov.au

DOG ATTACKS OR HARASSMENT

Should you become the victim of a dog attack or harassment please report the incident to us immediately.
If a complaint is received, the Officer will investigate and may issue a fine, or if the offence is more serious or repeated, a control order may be issued to the owner to ensure no further attacks or harassments occur.

Teach your children how to behave around dogs. Information is available at The Dog and Cat Management website.

A dog causing a nuisance, wandering at large or responsible for harassing, attacking or chasing should be reported to our General Inspector immediately. We also provide advice on training and other dog management issues. 

LOST AND FOUND ANIMALS

A lost or found animal should be reported to our General Inspector on 8580 3000.

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