COMPULSORY MICROCHIPPING FOR ALL DOGS AS OF 1 NOVEMBER 2015
Local governments are reminded that from 1 November 2015 it is compulsory for all dogs to be microchipped.
Amendments to the Dog Act 1976 made in November 2013 provided that from 1 November 2015 the owner of a dog that has reached three months of age must ensure that the dog is microchipped.
A dog is exempt from the microchipping requirement if a veterinarian issues a certificate stating that the implantation of a microchip may adversely affect the health and welfare of the dog. The certificate cannot apply in respect of a dog that is under three months of age.
When a person registers their dog, they will be required to provide proof that the dog has been microchipped by providing their local government with the microchip number.
Iencourage you to inform dog owners in your community of this requirement in the lead up to November re-registrations. More information about the Dog Act 1976 and microchipping is available on the Department of Local Government and Communities website: www.dlgc.wa.gov.au.
For enquiries, please contact DLGC legislation officer Steven de la Nougerede on 6552 1759 or steven.delanougerede@dl gc.wa.gov.au.
2nd June 2015
Gordon Stephenson House 140 William Street Perth WA 6000 GPO Box R1250 Perth WA 6844
Tel: (08) 6551 8700 Fax: (08) 6552 1555 Freecall: 1800 620 511 (Country only) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.dlgc.wa.gov.au