Pets and Companion Animals
Take the lead and become a responsible pet owner
Parkes Shire Council is responsible for administering and enforcing the Companion Animals Act 1998 and the Companion Animals Regulation 2008, which provide for the identification and registration of dogs and cats, how they are managed, and the duties and responsibilities of their owners in the area.
Council is responsible for updating the registration information on the NSW Companion Animals Register.
Council provides pet friendly areas and tips for enjoying the outdoors with your companion animal. Click here for more details.
Parkes Shire residents are required by law to register their dog or cat with Council.
Before registering your pet, it must be microchipped. This can be done at your local vet from 12 weeks of age. Registration is then made at Council's Administration Centre. Registration is valid for the animal's lifetime.
Please ensure that you bring a copy of the microchip form with you when registering your pet and evidence of sterilisation if de-sexed.
The cost for registration of your dog/cat is as follows:
- Un-desexed animal: $201.00
- Desexed animal (with verification papers): $55.00
- Pensioner's desexed animal (with verification papers): $23.00
Penalties apply for failure to register a pet aged 6 months or older.
Changes to the details of your existing animal registration can be made at the NSW Pet Registry or at Council's Administrative Centre within 14 days of the change.
For more information about registration or to report stray dogs, contact the Planning & Environment Department on (02) 6861 2373.
Dogs bark for a number of reasons, but regardless of the cause the end result is a nuisance to neighbours and has a serious effect on the quality of life for those affected. The following procedures are provided as guidelines for alleviating the problems associated with a dog in the neighbourhood.
If you have a barking dog nuisance, Council suggests that you first approach the owner of the dog, as he or she may not be aware that a nuisance exists. In most cases owners want to do the right thing and will co-operate.
If this is unsuccessful, please contact the Planning & Environment Department on (02) 6861 2373. Council's Ranger will investigate the problem and take appropriate action.
As part of an investigation into noise disturbances, residents will be required to provide evidence of the barking and the impact on you in the form of a barking dog diary.
Council's Rangers may seize stray dogs which will be delivered to Council's Animal Shelter.
Cats are not restricted from roaming under the Companion Animals Act and there is no power in the legislation to seize cats.
Any person (including Council's Rangers) can seize a dog that is in a public place and is not under the effective control of a competent person. Should the owner of the dog be present only a Ranger may seize the animal should the owner not comply with the above requirement.
Any dog which is seized by a member of the public is required to return the animal to its owner (if the owner is known) or deliver the animal to the Council Animal Shelter. Any person who seizes a dog and does not return it to its owner or notify Council is guilty of an offence for which a fine may be issued.
Council staff will not respond to calls to collect dogs or cats seized by members of the public. Should you choose to seize a dog it is your responsibility comply with the Companion Animals Act by returning it to its owner or deliver the animal to Council's Animal Shelter and contact Council to give details of the seizure. Council's Animal Shelter is located at 56 Saleyards Road, Parkes, NSW, 2870.
Animals seized or delivered to Councils are held for the following statutory periods before being destroyed if they are not released or are unable to be rehomed:
- Registered dogs - 14 days
- Unregistered dogs - 7 days
- Stock - 7 days then held at the discretion of Council
Parkes Animal Shelter is generally open between the hours of 9.00 - 11.00am weekdays.
All impounded dogs and cats are required to be registered before release by the Companion Animals Act. The current release fees for impounded cats and dogs are:
- First Offence $25.80
- 2nd & Subsequent $43.00
- Sustenance per day $11.80
- Microchipping fee $71.10
For enquiries on whether your animal is at Council's Animal Shelter, please contact Council on 02 6861 2373.
Some companion animals are trained to provide assistance to people with a disability to help alleviate the effect of that disability. These assistance animals are not pets. They provide an important service that helps people to more fully participate in personal and public life activities with more confidence and independence.
What is an assistance animal?
An assistance animal in NSW is a dog or other animal that is either:
- Accredited under a law of a State or Territory that provides for the accreditation of animals trained to assist a person with a disability to alleviate the effect of that disability; OR
- Accredited by an animal training organisation prescribed by the Commonwealth; OR
- Trained to assist a person with a disability to alleviate the effect of that disability, and, to meet standards of hygiene and behaviour appropriate for an animal in a public place.
What is a disability?
Disability covers a wide range of both physical and psychological conditions and includes:
- Total or partial loss of bodily or mental functions;
- Total or partial loss of a part of the body;
- The presence in the body of organisms causing disease or illness;
- The malfunction, malformation or disfigurement of a part of the person's body;
- A disorder or malfunction that results in the person learning differently; OR
- A disorder, illness or disease that affects a person's thought processes, perception of reality, emotions or judgement or that results in a disturbed behaviour.
What does the owner of an assistance animal have to do?
Like all other companion animals, assistance animals need to be micro-chipped and registered in NSW. However, no fee is charged for registering assistance animals.
Registration lasts for the life of each animal. If you change address, your animal goes missing or your animal dies, please notify your local council.
It is also strongly recommended that assistance animals are vaccinated and de-sexed. Do not train a restricted or dangerous dog as an assistance animal.
How do I register my assistance animal?
Once the animal has been microchipped by a vet or authorised identifier, the owner should contact their local council to apply for a no fee registration.
What proof is required?
Councils are entitled to request reasonable proof that your animal is a genuine assistance animal. This means proof:
- That you have a disability;
- That your animal has been trained to alleviate the effect of the disability; and
- That your animal is trained to meet standards of hygiene and behaviour appropriate for an animal in a public place (behaviour testing).
Importantly, a person with a disability has the right to train their own assistance animal so long as he or she can provide proof that that training means the animal meets the definition of an assistance animal. Registration as an assistance animal under the Companion Animals Act 1998 does not necessarily provide proof the animal is an assistance animal for the purposes of entering a public place or public transport.
Entering public places
In general, animals are prohibited from entering certain public areas. However, a person with a disability is entitled to be accompanied by an assistance animal in public places and on public transport while he or she is genuinely using the animal for assistance. Entry cannot be refused without reasonable cause.
An animal does not need to be registered as an assistance animal under the Companion Animals Act 1998 to be permitted access to a public place or public transport. Staff in charge of access to public places and transport are entitled to request reasonable proof that your animal is a genuine assistance animal. They may be guided by their organisation's own policy to help them determine this. Their policies may be publicly available.
It is unlawful to impose a charge on a person to enter a place open to, or used by the public, only because the person is accompanied by an assistance animal unless:
- It is reasonably necessary to supply additional accommodation for the animal and a reasonable charge is applied for that accommodation; OR
- The owner, or person in charge of the place reasonably incurs additional expense because the animal is present, the charge is reasonable in the circumstances and is charged to compensate for the expense.
Using public transport
For more information about access to public transport for assistance animals contact Transport NSW on 131 500 and apply for a permit.
Information Source- NSW Office of Local Government