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Pets and Animals

As a pet owner, you have responsibilities towards other members of the community as well as towards your pet.


Registering your pets and animals

The Companion Animals Act requires you to have your dog microchipped at a veterinarian or animal welfare organisation, and then pay the lifetime registration fee.

Responsible cat owning

The Companion Animals Act incorporates cats into legislation. This means a greater responsibility is placed upon cat owners to control their cats.

Responsible dog owning

As a responsible dog owner, following these guidelines you will ensure that you, your dog and the community can all enjoy the satisfaction and privilege of pet ownership.

Dog friendly parks with off-leash areas

We provide four dog friendly parks with off-leash areas around our City where residents can legally take their dogs off the leash.

Pet problems and impounding

As a responsible dog owner, there are a number of things that you must do. If you don't control your dog adequately your local council or the police may issue you with a penalty notice.

Canterbury Companion Animals Management Plan 2006

The Companion Animals Act 1998 (the Act) makes local government responsible for many issues regarding companion animals.

Fines & Penalties

Local councils are the authority responsible for implementing the Companion Animals legislation. Under the legislation councils have a range of responsibilities, including enforcement.

Injured & dead animals

Any animal which is injured is not seized under the Companion Animals Act but under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 (POCTA).

Companion Animals Act

The Companion Animals Act, which first came into effect in September 1998, is designed to benefit pets, their owners and the wider community.

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