The City's Ranger Services are responsible for the impounding of stray dogs and livestock. All dogs are held for a 96 hour (4 day) period, after which they may be euthanised or made available for re-homing.
The Dog Pound 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 3.30pm to 4.30pm, Saturday, Sunday and public holidays from 9am to 10am, except Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Years Day.
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Is your dog in the Pound?
To find out if your dog has been impounded contact Ranger Services on 9399 0111 during office hours or 1300 886 885 after hours. Before a dog can be released from the Pound it must be registered and you will be required to provide proof that you are either its owner or a person acting on behalf of its owner.
All dogs 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 is available on the Dog Pound page.
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The Cat Act - New Cat Laws from November 2012
The Cat Act 2011 requires 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.
From 1 November 2013, the full Cat Act 2011 takes effect and will require all cats that have reached 6 months of age to be:
- Registered with the relevant local government.
Cats will be required to wear a collar and registration tag to ensure that owned cats can be easily identified and returned to their owner.
From 1 November 2012, some provisions of the Act will commence to allow local governments to prepare to administer and enforce the legislation. This will be rolled out in two phases. The gazettal of regulations is dependant on further consultation, however, it is expected that phase 1 will be finalised by the end of November 2012.
From December 2012 the City of Armadale will be implementing some of the provisions of the Cat Act, which includes the implementation of a registration system. At this stage the Department of Local Government is currently undertaking a review of dog registration fees in 2013 and it has been decided that a joint review of fees for dogs and cats will be carried out in early 2013.
Currently there is no schedule of fees or a registration form available, anticipated date for phase 2 of the regulations to be released is in April 2013.
The City of Armadale will be taking registrations for cats with an anticipated commencement date of 1 July 2013. This will mean your registration will expire on 31 October 2014 and annually thereafter. Applications for registrations will be available to download from the City’s website or collected in person from the Administration Building, 7 Orchard Avenue, Armadale, from this time.
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.
Responsible cat ownership checklist
Even though the laws do not commence until November 2013, as a responsible pet owner you are still encouraged to:
- Keep your cat confined to your property, especially at night.
- Ensure your cat is easily identifiable with a collar and a name tag.
- Microchip your cat.
- Sterilise your cat.
- Vaccinate your cat.
Get the facts on cat laws
- There are approximately 15,000 cats in Armadale.
- Subsidies will be available for pensioners and Health Care Card holders to assist with the cost of sterilisation.
- Part of the $3.2 million State funding will help local councils with the cost of microchip scanners, cat traps, vehicle fit-outs and ranger training.
- Sterilisation/microchipping clinics will be organised for the convenience of cat owners.
For more information
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The City encourages responsible cat ownership and acknowledges the valuable work carried out by the Cat Sterilisation Society.
Visit the Cat Sterilisation Society WA website
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Dog owners are advised 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 months old.
Dog registration fees are $30 per year or $75 for three years for an unsterilised dog; or $10 per year or $18 for three years for a sterlised 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 at 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
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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 $100. 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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