Earlier this year public consultation was held on the draft Dog and Cat Management (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2015 for 10 weeks. More than 1800 submissions were received and although not part of the proposed changes, a significant number of respondents called for the mandatory desexing of dogs and cats.
In response to the comments from the public consultation, the Government established a Citizens’ Jury to explore ways to reduce the 10,000 unwanted dogs and cats being euthanized each year in South Australia and to investigate if mandatory desexing would provide a solution.
Last month the Minister provided the Governments’ response to the Jury’s recommendations and announced that mandatory desexing would be incorporated into the draft Bill.
On the 18 November 2015 the Dog and Cat Management (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2015 was introduced by Minister Hunter into Parliament.