Section 10B Companion Animals Act 1998 | Failing to Comply with Notice for Registration


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Under s 9 of the Companion Animals Act, you are required to register your pet’s details on the NSW Companion Animals Register before it is 6 months of age.

You will be required to register your pet if it is any type of cat or a dog, including work dogs or other dogs which aren’t considered to be ‘companion animals.’

Section 10B of the Act says that if you don’t register your pet by the time it is 6 months old, your local council may issue you with a notice requiring you to register the animal within 14 days.

You will then be required to register your pet through your local council. They will generally collect details that will help identify the pet if it is lost or injured – such as the breed of pet, as well as your address and contact details.

If you ignore the notice requiring you to register your pet, you could be fined $5,500, or $6,600 if your pet is a dangerous, menacing or restricted dog.

If you’ve been issued a notice unfairly or been wrongly fined for failing to comply with the Companion Animals Act, our experienced lawyers can help you fight the charge and avoid heavy penalties.

As Australia’s leading animal law experts, we have developed a reputation for fighting hard to protect your and your pet’s rights.

Section 10B of the Companion Animals Act 1998 is Failing to Comply with Notice for Registration and is extracted below.

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The Legislation

10B Notice requiring companion animal to be registered 

(1) If a companion animal that is required to be registered is not registered, the council of the area in which the animal is ordinarily kept may give the owner of the animal a notice, in the approved form, requiring the owner to register the animal within 14 days after the date the notice is given.

(2) The owner of the companion animal must comply with the notice. Maximum penalty:
(a) 50 penalty units except in the case of a dangerous or restricted dog, or
(b) 60 penalty units in the case of a dangerous or restricted dog.

(3) A notice under this section may be given on more than one occasion to the owner of an unregistered companion animal that is required to be registered (but only after an interval of at least 3 months since the last such notice was given).

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