Bigger Fines For Cat And Dog Owners

More For Certain Breeds

Bigger Fines For Cat And Dog Owners

Pet owners are on a much tighter leash.

Fines for not picking up after your pooch is going up from $55 to $210.

Dog and cat owners who break the rules will get the extra bite from July 1. 

If your dog chases, menaces or attacks other animals or people you'll be whacked with a $315 fine.

That goes up to $750 if your dog is a American Pit Bull Terrier, Fila Braziliero, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino or Presa Canario.

While a new maximum penalty of $5,000 is now possible for allowing one of the above mentioned breeds to wander, attack or enter the grounds of a school or childcare centre without permission.

Council will also have more power to investigate offences, including the ability to seize and gather evidence for an investigation.

The increases to expiations and maximum penalties are the first of the changes to come from the reform of the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995, following years of consultation and a citizens’ jury process.