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Keep Your Best Mate Safe We understand the joy your dog can bring, and the distress if it should go missing. To be easily reunited, ensure your dog is registered, name tagged and micro-chipped. More info at GoodDogSA.com

Animal Control Pound

Prosser Street (PO Box 1704)
Port Augusta SA 5700

Phone: 08 8641 9164 (all hours)

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Dog Registration

Council keeps a register of dogs in the local area. To ensure that the register is kept up to date dog registrations are renewed every 12 months at the beginning of July. Persons registering a dog must be sixteen years of age or older. All dogs over the age of 3 months must be registered.

To register a dog you will need to:

  • Make an application to Council
  • Pay a processing fee (concessions are available)

Once a dog has been registered you will be issued with:

  • A certificate of registration
  • A registration disk (this must be worn by the dog at all times)

Failure to register a dog is an offence and the owner or person responsible for the dog may be fined. Further fines may also be issued for every fourteen days that the offence continues. Following the registration of a dog you are required to notify Council as soon as possible if the following events occur:

  • The dog is moved to another premises
  • The dog dies or is missing for more than seventy two hours
  • Ownership of the dog is transferred to another person

If changing the ownership of a dog, an Application to Change Registered Owner of Dog Application%20to%20Change%20Registered%20Owner%20of%20Dog (88 kb) (Form 7) form must be filled out and handed in at the Civic Centre. This form can be obtained from the Civic Centre or can be opened and printed here. The form must be signed by both the original and new owner of the dog.

For further information contact the Council, telephone (08) 8641 9100.

On and Off Leash Areas

State Government legislation states that a dog must be on a leash that does not exceed two metres in length whilst on public roads, footpaths, and in all public places, except for parks unless otherwise specified by Council by-laws. Accredited guide, hearing and disability dogs are excepted from all restrictions.

On and Off Leash Areas for Dogs(86 kb)

Dog Complaints

Complaints about animals must be made to Council in writing using an Animal Nuisance Form. On receipt of a written complaint an inspector of Council will consult with neighbouring residents to verify the complaint. The inspector will then determine the severity of the disturbance and the appropriate course of action to remedy the situation.

Animal Nuisance Form(30 kb)

Council inspectors will respond to a complaint without written notice only if the nature of the offence can be confirmed by the inspector on the site. If an emergency situation arises, e.g. a dog attack, an inspector will attend immediately. Contact the Animal Control Office on (08) 8641 9164 for any enquiries or complaints. However, if the situation has been dissipated by the time the inspector arrives, a written complaint will then have to be made.

Lost Dogs

Reporting a Missing Dog

If your dog is missing contact Council as soon as possible to make a report. Council's Inspector will take your dog's details and provide advice on the steps you need to take to try to locate your dog.

Finding a Lost Dog

If you find a lost dog report it to Council immediately. A Council Inspector will come out to collect the dog.Under no circumstances should you remove the dog from the place where it was found. Dogs that are deemed to be lost are taken to the Council pound and the following course of action is taken:

  • The owner is contacted if they can be traced
  • If the owner cannot be traced they are kept at the pound for approximately three days
  • After that period, if the owner or another home for the dog hasn't been found, the dog will be destroyed.

Council has set up a Facebook page to assist with finding lost dogs and finding homes for surrendered or abandoned dogs: Lost and Found Animals – Port Augusta City Council.