The main changes to the Act:
Now the Bill has passed work on the regulations can commence.
The Regulations will include all the information about when these provisions need to be undertaken, the age at which dogs and cats will need to be microchipped and desexed and more details about exemptions etc.
The Regulations will go out for public consultation later this year. There will also be a phase in period for the new provisions.
On Sunday 19th April 2015 the Hon. Ian Hunter, Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation announced that a draft bill containing proposed legislative amendments to the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 had been developed.
The amendments contain joint recommendations of the Dog and Cat Management Board, Local Government Association, Select Committee for Dogs and Cats as Companion Animals and the Government’s election commitments outlined in Let’s Keep Building South Australia.
The aims of the proposed changes were to improve dog and cat management and welfare in South Australia and improve the consistency of legislation across a number of Local Government Acts.
A draft Bill the Dog and Cat Management (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2015 contained a number of amendments including the following:
In response to the comments from the public consultation on the Bill, the Government established a Citizens’ Jury to explore ways to reduce the 10,000 unwanted dogs and cats being euthanized each year in South Australia and to investigate if mandatory desexing would provide a solution.
In October 2015 Minister Hunter provided the Governments’ response to the Jury’s recommendations and announced that mandatory desexing would be incorporated into the draft Bill.
On the 18 November 2015 the Dog and Cat Management (Miscellaneous) Amendment Bill 2015 was introduced by Minister Hunter into Parliament.