Consultation has begun on draft regulations that will give life to the state’s new dog and cat laws, including proposed timeframes for the introduction of mandatory desexing and microchipping.
The draft regulations are the next important step in the South Australian Government’s dog and cat management reform program, and follow extensive public consultation and a citizens’ jury in 2015 to amend the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.
Dog and Cat Management Board Chair, Felicity-ann Lewis, said the board had worked closely with the LGA, veterinarians, breeders and a range of other stakeholders to ensure the reform package was a community-owned initiative.
“We have the legislation right, it’s now a matter of ensuring the community is happy with the fine detail,” Dr Lewis said.
“The changes to South Australia’s dog and cat laws are designed to stamp out puppy farming, establish a registration for breeders, and reduce the number of cats and dogs euthanized in pounds and shelters.
“Under the draft regulations, all dogs and cats must be microchipped by three months of age, and new generations of dogs and cats born after the proposed date of 1 July 2018 will be required to be desexed by the age of six months, subject to exemptions.
“The government is also urging the public to have a say on what information breeders and sellers should have to provide in advertisements.”
Mandatory microchipping and desexing won overwhelming community support during public consultation, and will lead to a drastic reduction in the number of unwanted or unclaimed pets being euthanized in shelters and pounds.
“Importantly, these new laws will help stamp out unscrupulous breeders, reduce unwanted litters and help reunite families with their lost pets through the proven method of microchipping,” Dr Lewis said.
“We welcome this next important phase of community feedback, which brings us one step closer to these much needed changes coming into effect.”
Dog and Cat owners can view the draft regulations and comment at www.yoursay.sa.gov.au