The City's Ranger Services are responsible for the impounding of stray dogs, cats and livestock. All dogs and cats are held for a 96 hour (4 day) period if not registered or microchipped and for a 168 hour (7 day) period if they are currently microchipped and or registered with an identifiable owner, after which they may be euthanised or made available for re-homing.
Dog and Cat Management Facility
The Dog and Cat Management facility is located in Kilburn Lane, Kelmscott which is shown in the Streetsmart street directory on page 496, reference C2, or the UBD street directory on page 372, reference F11.
Opening hours are Monday to Friday from 3.30 - 4.30pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 9-10am, except Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
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Is your dog or cat at the Management Facility?
To find out if your dog or cat has been impounded visit http://www.armadale.wa.gov.au/Home/Services_and_Facilities/Rangers/Dog_Pound or contact Ranger Services on 9399 0111 during office hours, or 1300 886 885 after hours. Before a dog or cat can be released from the Pound it must be registered, microchipped and sterilised (cats only). You will be required to provide proof that you are either its owner or a person acting on behalf of its owner.
All dogs and cats are photographed at the time of impounding. Copies of the photographs can be viewed on a notice board at the Pound. Alternatively, a complete list of impounded dogs and cats are available on the Dog and Cat Management facility page.
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From 1 November 2013, the full Cat Act 2011 takes effect and will require all cats that have reached six (6) months of age to be microchipped, sterilised and registered with the relevant local government.
The Cat Act 2011requires the identification, registration and sterilisation of domestic cats, and gives local governments the power to administer and enforce the legislation. The legislation will take full effect from 1 November 2013 and provide for better management of the unwanted impacts of cats on the community and the environment, as well as encourage responsible cat ownership. Cats will be required to wear a collar and registration tag to ensure that cats can be easily identified and returned to their owner.
Cat registration fees are $20 per year, $42.50 for three years and $100 for lifetime registration. (Proof of sterilisation and microchipping must be provided unless exemption has been granted by a veterinarian). Individuals on a full pension are entitled to 50 per cent off the abovementioned prices, upon producing an appropriate pension card.
Cat owners are advised to register their cats or face a fine of up to $200. Under the Cat Act 2013 it is an offence not to register cats over the age of six (6) months old.
The City of Armadale is currently taking registrations for cats. Applications for registrations are available to download from the City’s website or can be collected in person from the Administration Building, 7 Orchard Avenue, Armadale, from this time.
Cat Management Facility
The City’s Rangers will not be actively catching cats, however they will collect cats from residents that have captured one. Cats will be checked for a registration tag and scanned for microchipping details. Rangers will contact the owner of the cat to advise how and where to collect them. Registered and or microchipped cats will be kept for a period of seven (7) days at the City of Armadale’s Cat Management Facility. Cat’s that are not registered and microchipped will be kept for a period of four (4) days.
To check if your cat is at the City’s Cat Management Facility please follow this link http://www.armadale.wa.gov.au/Home/Services_and_Facilities/Rangers/Dog_Pound
Prohibition of the keeping of cats in specified areas
Within the portion of that land described in the City’s Town Planning Scheme No. 4 as Development Area No. 11 north of Waterwheel Road and shown shaded in Schedule 9, no person shall keep any cat. As depicted in the attached detailed area map (PDF 2.55 MB), the following roads located with this area are prohibited from the keeping of cats.
The legislation requires that a person who chooses to breed cats must apply to their local government for a permit. When a cat is sold, the seller must ensure the cat is microchipped and sterilised prior to transfer. If the cat cannot be sterilised due to its young age, a voucher must be issued to the new owner. Only approved breeders will be exempt from sterilisation laws.
Limits on cat numbers
The legislation does not limit the number of cats that can be owned. This will fall to local governments who may choose to introduce a local law.
If a local government introduces a local law limiting cat numbers, it will not apply to cats currently owned. However an owner will not be able to replace a cat if it is sold, given away or dies, until they are down to the required number.
Cat Sterilisation subsidy
The new State Government legislation requires all cats over six months of age to be sterilised, microchipped and registered with their local Council.
The City with funding provided by Round 2 of the Cat Implementation Grant Program 2013-14 will administer a cat sterilisation subsidy program for cat owners that reside full time in the district of the City of Armadale by providing a subsidy of $50.00 to assist with the cost of sterilising cats owned by them. The person seeking the subsidy must meet the following criteria:
- Be a low income earner or pensioner (proof of Pension Card, Group certificate or Notice of Assessment from ATO is required)
- Provide a receipt for the full cost of the sterilisation in the first instance on or after the 26th August 2013
- Have a currently registered Cat with the City of Armadale
Note:Subsidies are limited to two cats per owner or property. With 150 subsidies available to City of Armadale residents. Subsidy must be claimed by 30 June 2014.
Applications for the sterilisation subsidy scheme are available to download below or to collect in person from the Administration Building on 7 Orchard Avenue, Armadale.
The City’s Rangers will be hiring out cat traps to residents that have nuisance cats in their area. Residents will be able to register their interest in obtaining a cat trap which will require a deposit of $100 that is refundable when the cat trap is returned. To register your interest, call Rangers during office hours 8:15am til 5pm Monday to Friday on 9399 0688.
Rangers will collect the cat(s) from the resident’s property, during the hours of 8:15am until 6pm Monday to Friday, and transport them to the City of Armadale’s Cat Management Facility.
Rangers request that the guidelines below are followed to ensure the welfare of the cat.
Several days prior, start feeding the cat where you intend to set the trap. It will be far more likely to enter the trap if it has been fed there previously.
Set the trap according to the instructions you were given when you hired it. Make sure it is stable and will not tip over, that is set under shelter, out of rain and sun, and out of public view. Please also avoid setting traps in extreme weather conditions.
It is an extremely traumatic experience for a cat to be trapped, and it is essential it is covered for the entire time it is in the trap. When setting the trap, place an old sheet or towel over the back half. As soon as you know that the cat has entered the trap, cover the trap completely.
You will need to check the trap every couple of hours during the day, and in the morning if set overnight. Don’t leave a cat in a trap for too long. As soon as you are aware a cat is in it, you must contact the City’s Rangers on 9399 0111.
Frequently Asked Questions
The Department of Local Government has added some Frequently Asked Questions on the cat legislation to their website. For more information please go to http://www.dlg.wa.gov.au/Content/Legislation/CatActFaqs.aspx
For more information
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Dog owners are required to register their dogs or face a fine of up to $500. Under the Dog Act 1976 it is an offence not to register dogs over the age of three (3) months old. From 1 November 2013 all new dogs, that is pups and other dogs being registered for the first time, and dogs where ownership is changing will need to be microchipped. A microchipping certificate is required as proof or a certificate from a vet. All dangerous dogs will have to be microchipped by 30 November 2013. All other dogs do not have to be microchipped until 1 November 2015. If microchipping is likely to adversely affect the health and welfare of the dog, a veterinarian can provide an Exemption Certificate.
Dog registration fees are $50 per year or $120 for three years for an unsterilised dog; or $20 per year or $42.50 for three years for a sterilised dog (proof of sterilisation must be provided). Individuals on a full pension are entitled to 50 per cent off the abovementioned prices, upon producing an appropriate pension card.
Dogs may be registered by downloading and completing an Animal Registration form or at one of the following locations within the City of Armadale:
- City of Armadale Administration Centre, 7 Orchard Avenue, Armadale
- Champion Lake Veterinary Clinic, 121 Westfield Road, Camillo
- Railway Veterinary Hospital, 247 Railway Avenue, Kelmscott (between 1pm and 3pm, Monday to Friday)
- Ark Veterinary Hospital, 2970 Albany Highway, Kelmscott
- Armadale/Byford Veterinary Hospital, South West Highway, Armadale
- Foothills Animal Hospital, 23 Thomas Street, Armadale
- Roleystone Animal Hospital, 17 Page Road, Kelmscott
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The Act provides for three categories of dangerous dogs: dangerous dog (restricted breed), dangerous dog (declared) and commercial security dog. The following conditions apply to all three categories:
- Registrations for dangerous dogs will only be renewed annually under the Dog Act 1976 section 15.3A.
- Requirement for dog to wear a special identifying collar, be muzzled, on a lead and under the control of an adult capable of controlling the dog when in public (except when a commercial security dog is working);
- The dog must be confined in an enclosure that is constructed to prevent the dog from escaping, from being released or removed by another person without the owner's permission, and to prevent a child less than seven (7) years old from entering or inserting part of their body. Warning signs must be displayed at every entrance.
Pit Bull Terrier breed or American Pitt Bull Terrier, Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian fighting dog), Japanese Tose, Dogo Argentina (Argentinan fighting dog) and Perro depresa Canario.
- All restricted breeds must be microchipped, sterilised and cannot be bought, sold or transferred except in the circumstances mentioned in subsection 33GC(4)(a) or (b). Proof of sterilisation and microchipping is required with the application.
Dog free reserves
The following reserves within the City of Armadale are places where dogs are prohibited absolutely:
- Gwynne Park, Forrest Road, Armadale
- Bob Blackburne, Champion Drive, Armadale
- Memorial Park, Orchard Avenue, Armadale
- John Dunn, Third Avenue, Kelmscott
- Morgan Park, Doorigo Road, Armadale
- Springdale Park, Springdale Road, Karragullen
- Any land that has been set apart as a children’s playground
- An area being used for sporting or other activities, as permitted by the local government, during the times of such use
- Any land or reserve whereby the entry of dogs is prohibited by a sign stating conditions in relation thereto:
Road reserves, car parks or thoroughfares are not a public place or class of public place which are dog exercise areas.
It is an offence to permit your dog to be on these reserves or places at any time. Offenders can be fined $200. Dogs are permitted on Minnawarra Park in Armadale provided they are kept on a leash at all times.
All other reserves owned by or under the care, control and management of the City of Armadale are dog exercise areas where dogs may be exercised off leash provided they are kept under control at all times.
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Cleaning up after your dog
Individuals are required to pick up after their dogs when in a public place. Failure to do so may result in a fine of $40. Dog faeces must be disposed of responsibly, preferably in the bins provided.
For information on restricted breeds regulations.
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