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Paws & Think - Companion Animals Act

Dogs can be one of your best friends. However sometimes, dogs can be dangerous. Shoalhaven City Council, in partnership with the RSPCA and Animal Welfare League has put together an educational campaign on responsible dog ownership to avoid dog attacks.

The Companion Animals Act states that a Dangerous Dog is a dog that...
  • Has, without provocation, attacked or killed a person or animal (other than vermin), or
  • Has, without provocation, repeatedly threatened to attack or repeatedly chased a person or animal (other than vermin), or
  • Has displayed unreasonable aggression towards a person or animal (other than vermin), or
  • Is kept or used for the purposes of hunting.

The definition of declaration of a dog as being dangerous is based on deed, not breed, as not all members of a dog breed behave in exactly the same way.

Owners of dangerous dogs have a range of obligations they are required to meet in order to ensure that people and other animals are protected.

Dogs can be one of your best friends. However sometimes, dogs can be dangerous. Shoalhaven City Council, in partnership with the RSPCA and Animal Welfare League has put together an educational campaign on responsible dog ownership to avoid dog attacks.

The Companion Animals Act states that a Dangerous Dog is a dog that...
  • Has, without provocation, attacked or killed a person or animal (other than vermin), or
  • Has, without provocation, repeatedly threatened to attack or repeatedly chased a person or animal (other than vermin), or
  • Has displayed unreasonable aggression towards a person or animal (other than vermin), or
  • Is kept or used for the purposes of hunting.

The definition of declaration of a dog as being dangerous is based on deed, not breed, as not all members of a dog breed behave in exactly the same way.

Owners of dangerous dogs have a range of obligations they are required to meet in order to ensure that people and other animals are protected.

  • Make Sure Your Pet is Registered

    about 1 month ago
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    Shoalhaven City Council Ranger Services will be issuing Penalty Notices for unpaid / unregistered pets in the Shoalhaven.

    To avoid this fine, pet owners are encouraged and advised to have their pets which are microchipped and older than 6 months, lifetime registered immediately to avoid a fine of $275. This penalty is set by the State Government.

    Registering your pet can be easily completed online at www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au. You can claim an existing pet, update your address and contact details, change ownership of your pet and pay lifetime registration fees online.
    If help is needed to register your pet please contact...

    Shoalhaven City Council Ranger Services will be issuing Penalty Notices for unpaid / unregistered pets in the Shoalhaven.

    To avoid this fine, pet owners are encouraged and advised to have their pets which are microchipped and older than 6 months, lifetime registered immediately to avoid a fine of $275. This penalty is set by the State Government.

    Registering your pet can be easily completed online at www.petregistry.nsw.gov.au. You can claim an existing pet, update your address and contact details, change ownership of your pet and pay lifetime registration fees online.
    If help is needed to register your pet please contact or visit Shoalhaven City Council. The Pet Register is administered by all NSW Councils on behalf of the NSW State Government


  • Next Microchipping Day

    4 months ago
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    The next free microchipping day and discounted desexing day is at East Nowra (location to be advised) at Saturday, 24 February 2017 from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm.

    Free microchipping is provided by the RSPCA Shoalhaven in conjunciton with the Shoalhaven Animal Welfare League NSW.


    The next free microchipping day and discounted desexing day is at East Nowra (location to be advised) at Saturday, 24 February 2017 from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm.

    Free microchipping is provided by the RSPCA Shoalhaven in conjunciton with the Shoalhaven Animal Welfare League NSW.


  • Containing your Dog

    4 months ago
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    Dogs can be amazing escape artists. Fences can be jumped over, squeezed through or dug under.


    Remove items such as furniture and bins that dogs can use to climb over a fence.

    Dogs can be amazing escape artists. Fences can be jumped over, squeezed through or dug under.


    Remove items such as furniture and bins that dogs can use to climb over a fence.

  • Pets in Cars - Call 000

    4 months ago
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    Please don't leave your furry friend in a car.


    Fact - It takes six minutes for an animal to become fatally ill in a hot car.


    Very little difference is made if the window is left ajar, tinted or the car is parked in the shade.

    Symptoms of heatstroke include panting, restlessness, drooling, vomiting, staggering, weakness, diarrheoa and seizures.

    Please report any distressed animal in a car or truck to the police. Call 000

    As the owner of the vehicle, you may be charged as a result of leaving your animal unattended in a car. Penalties for cruelty offences can...

    Please don't leave your furry friend in a car.


    Fact - It takes six minutes for an animal to become fatally ill in a hot car.


    Very little difference is made if the window is left ajar, tinted or the car is parked in the shade.

    Symptoms of heatstroke include panting, restlessness, drooling, vomiting, staggering, weakness, diarrheoa and seizures.

    Please report any distressed animal in a car or truck to the police. Call 000

    As the owner of the vehicle, you may be charged as a result of leaving your animal unattended in a car. Penalties for cruelty offences can be expensive.

  • Dogs and New Year's Eve

    4 months ago
    Dog firework

    Pets are scared of loud noises like fireworks, so on New Year's Eve here are some tips to keep our furry and feathered friends safe:

    • Keep your animal in a safe place, perhaps indoors at the 9 am and/or midnight fireworks. Confine pets to a quiet room and play soft music to soothe them.
    • Ensure all your gates are closed and fencing is secure.
    • If your pet goes missing, keep an eye on lost pet sites on Facebook and online.
    • Ensure your pet is micro chipped and is wearing an ID tag.
    • Have current, clear...

    Pets are scared of loud noises like fireworks, so on New Year's Eve here are some tips to keep our furry and feathered friends safe:

    • Keep your animal in a safe place, perhaps indoors at the 9 am and/or midnight fireworks. Confine pets to a quiet room and play soft music to soothe them.
    • Ensure all your gates are closed and fencing is secure.
    • If your pet goes missing, keep an eye on lost pet sites on Facebook and online.
    • Ensure your pet is micro chipped and is wearing an ID tag.
    • Have current, clear photos of your pet on hand just in case.
    • If you are home, try playing games with your pet to distract them.
    • Give your pet a treat so they are busy when the fireworks are expected.
    Remember to keep your dog safe.

  • Cruelty to Animals

    4 months ago
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    Some animals may become dangerous as they have not been treated well.

    If you suspect an animal has been harmed or mistreated, report it immediately to the RSPCA on 1300 cruelty.

    Visit -

    Shoalhaven City Council's Website https://shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/My-Property/Pet-ownership/Complaints-about-animals

    Department of Primary Industries - Animal Welfare Page https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/animals-and-livestock/animal-welfare/complaints/cruelty.

    Some animals may become dangerous as they have not been treated well.

    If you suspect an animal has been harmed or mistreated, report it immediately to the RSPCA on 1300 cruelty.

    Visit -

    Shoalhaven City Council's Website https://shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/My-Property/Pet-ownership/Complaints-about-animals

    Department of Primary Industries - Animal Welfare Page https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/animals-and-livestock/animal-welfare/complaints/cruelty.

  • Dog Attacks

    4 months ago
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    Dog attacks

    If you are involved in a dog attack, gain a better understanding of the legislation Companion Animals Act.


    What you need to do:

    Contact Council with details including:

    • Date, time and location of the attack
    • Description of the dog e.g. colour, breed, size
    • Details of the dog's owner, if possible
    • If victims and/or witnesses are prepared to provide sufficient evidence of the incident, can identify the dog or determine where it came from, officer’s may then be able to identify persons in charge of the animal and legal action may be taken. The following attachment will help...

    Dog attacks

    If you are involved in a dog attack, gain a better understanding of the legislation Companion Animals Act.


    What you need to do:

    Contact Council with details including:

    • Date, time and location of the attack
    • Description of the dog e.g. colour, breed, size
    • Details of the dog's owner, if possible
    • If victims and/or witnesses are prepared to provide sufficient evidence of the incident, can identify the dog or determine where it came from, officer’s may then be able to identify persons in charge of the animal and legal action may be taken. The following attachment will help guide you through the information required for further action to proceed. Dog Attack Witness Statement(PDF 330kb).

    Please contact the Police if the attack occurs after hours. Police have the same powers to act under the Companion Animals Act as Council Rangers.


  • Complaints about animals

    4 months ago
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    Council works to ensure that people are not affected by noise, odour, vermin or other issues from animals in residential areas. If you have an issue, visit the Shoalhaven City Council website for more information. www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au

    If you are involved in a dog attacks

    The information below is to assist you if you are involved in a dog attack - which includes being aggressed by a dog. To gain a better understanding of the legislation refer to the Companion Animals Act

    Contact Council with details including:

    • Date, time and location of the attack
    • Description of the dog e.g....

    Council works to ensure that people are not affected by noise, odour, vermin or other issues from animals in residential areas. If you have an issue, visit the Shoalhaven City Council website for more information. www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au

    If you are involved in a dog attacks

    The information below is to assist you if you are involved in a dog attack - which includes being aggressed by a dog. To gain a better understanding of the legislation refer to the Companion Animals Act

    Contact Council with details including:

    • Date, time and location of the attack
    • Description of the dog e.g. colour, breed, size
    • Details of the dog's owner, if possible
    • If victims and/or witnesses are prepared to provide sufficient evidence of the incident, can identify the dog or determine where it came from, officer’s may then be able to identify persons in charge of the animal and legal action may be taken. The following attachment will help guide you through the information required for further action to proceed. Dog Attack Witness Statement(PDF 330kb).

    Please contact the Police if the attack occurs after hours. Police have the same powers to act under the Companion Animals Act as Council Rangers.


  • What do you do when you find a pet

    4 months ago
    Found pet

    If you find a lost pet without a collar and tag, contact Council and a Ranger will attend and scan the animal.

    Alternatively, you can take it to a vet or the Shoalhaven Animal Shelter (Pound) where it will be scanned for a microchip to get the contact details for the owner.

    Provide the pet some water as they may be dehydrated and keep them in a safe enclosure or on a lead.

    If you find a lost pet without a collar and tag, contact Council and a Ranger will attend and scan the animal.

    Alternatively, you can take it to a vet or the Shoalhaven Animal Shelter (Pound) where it will be scanned for a microchip to get the contact details for the owner.

    Provide the pet some water as they may be dehydrated and keep them in a safe enclosure or on a lead.

  • What to do when your pet is lost?

    4 months ago
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    If your pet is lost, contact Council and provide the following information:

    1. Date, time and location where your animal went missing
    2. Microchip number and/or last recorded address where animal kept
    3. Description of your animal e.g. breed, colour, size, name, age, gender, distinguishing marks
    4. Confirm your current details

    If your pet is lost, contact Council and provide the following information:

    1. Date, time and location where your animal went missing
    2. Microchip number and/or last recorded address where animal kept
    3. Description of your animal e.g. breed, colour, size, name, age, gender, distinguishing marks
    4. Confirm your current details