Dogs and cats are an important part of life in Collie as they can be excellent companions and provide public health benefits for the Community. However, dogs are a major area of activity for Community Rangers with over 1200 enquiries per year and over 240 dogs impounded. Feral cats are also a problem. This section provides information on dog and cat ownership in the Collie Shire.
All dogs over the age of 3 months and cats over 6 months must be licensed with the Shire where they normally reside. The registration period runs from 1 November to October 31. Registration helps you to recover your dog or cat if lost, assists the Shire to encourage responsible dog and cat ownership, and to provide services to dog and cat owners for the benefit of the whole community. Dog and cat registration forms are available here.
Registration fees are structured to encourage sterilisation of dogs and cats. Fifty percent Concessional Rates apply for pensioners and 75% Concessional Rates apply for working dogs. To obtain a concession rate on registration of sterilised dogs or cats, the sterilisation certificate must be produced when obtaining a dog or cat licence.
Should you move within the State, you do not have to re-register your dog or cat, but the change of address must be given to the Shire where the dog was previously registered. It is important to keep your postal address up to date, to avoid unnecessary infringements for overdue fees. If your dog or cat has passed away recently please advise the Shire so that you do not receive a registration reminder in the coming year.
Fees for Dog and Cat Registrations
|1 Year||3 Years||Lifetime|
|Unsterilised - dogs only||$50||$120||$250|
|Unsterilised - dogs only (Concession)||$25||$60||$125|
Fees can be paid at the Shire Office during normal office hours.
**Please note: Lifetime refers to the lifetime of the dog or cat.
Impounded Dogs and Cats
Dogs delivered to the pound or found wandering by the Ranger will be held for a minimum of 72 hours, after which time they may be provided to organisations that re-home dogs in accordance with best practice, or humanely destroyed. Dogs and cats are not available for sale from the pound.
If you have lost your pet or you believe your dog may have been impounded, you should contact the Ranger on 0408 931 274, between 8.00am – 4.00pm. Outside of these normal core working hours you can leave a message with the call centre. Only urgent matters will be dealt with outside of core hours. Alternatively send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prior to release of the animal all fees and registration must be paid.
|Feed/care||$20 per day or part thereof|
Once fees are paid Community Rangers will bring your dog to the Shire Office for you to collect.
When you register your dog or cat, you will receive a plastic tag with the name of the Shire you have registered it with and a registered number printed on it. This tag must be attached to the collar of your dog or cat. Your name and correct residential address must also be inscribed on or attached to a collar. This will allow for quick identification of the dog or cat and prompt notification of its location.
Failure to remove or adequately dispose of dog excreta constitutes an offence under the laws of the Dog Act 1976. Carry a disposable bag in your pocket or tie to your leash – cheap nappy bags are great for this – bags will be available at some dog exercise areas.
Penalty for not cleaning up after your dog is $100.
Dog Exercise Areas
All dog exercise and dog prohibited areas are clearly sign posted around town. If you are not in a sign posted area all dogs must be on a lead. The maximum penalty for having a dog off lead is $5000.
A map of dog exercise areas is provided here.
Dogs Local Law 2020
A copy of the Dogs Local Law can be found here.
Keeping of Additional Dogs
The Shire of Collie has a limit of 2 dogs and 3 cats to be kept at any property. If you wish to keep more than the prescribed number you are required to apply for a permit. An Application for a Permit to Keep Additional Dogs on Premises can be downloaded here.