traceysmenagerieAnimal Welfare Act 1993
Animal Farming (Registration) Act 1994
Animal Health Act 1995
Animal Health Regulations 2006
Animal Welfare Regulations 2008
Dog Control Act 2000
Dog Control Order 2011
Dog Control Regulations 2010
Guide to Tasmanian Dairy Cattle Welfare
Law of Animals Act 1962
Tasmania’s Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines
Wildlife (Deer Farming) Regulations 2010
Wildlife (Exhibited Animals) Regulations 2010
Wildlife (General) Regulations 2010

Compiled from the Dog Control Act 2000

Implanting of microchips

The owner of a dog that is over 6 months of age must ensure that the dog is implanted in an approved manner with an approved microchip. This does not apply to a dog in respect of which a veterinary surgeon has issued a certificate stating that to implant the dog with a microchip may adversely affect the health and welfare of the dog; or a type, class or breed of dog that the Minister, by order, declares is not required to be implanted with a microchip.

If a dog that is required to be implanted with a microchip is not so implanted and is seized in accordance with this Act, a general manager may cause the dog to be implanted in an approved manner with an approved microchip.

Registering dogs

The owner of a dog that is over the age of 6 months must register the dog.

A person must not conceal, or dispose of, a dog to evade registration of the dog.

Change of owner

A person who owns or is responsible for the control of a dog is guilty of an offence if the dog is wandering at large.

Change in address

The owner of a dog is to notify the general manager in writing within 14 days of the transfer of a dog to another address in the same municipal area for a period exceeding 60 days.

Collars

The owner or person in charge of a dog, other than a guide dog or hearing dog, must ensure that the dog, while in a public place, has a collar fastened around its neck to which is attached the dog’s registration disc. This does not apply to a working dog engaged in working; or a hunting dog engaged in hunting; or a dog engaged in racing; or a dog engaged in showing; or a dog engaged in obedience or agility trials; or a dog engaged in an approved training activity.

The owner or person in charge of a guide dog or a hearing dog must ensure that the dog, while in a public place, has its registration disc attached to its collar, lead or harness.

Control of dogs

The owner or person in charge of a bitch on heat must ensure that it is confined away from a public place.

The owner or person in charge of a dog must restrict the dog sufficiently while it is in or on a vehicle so that it is unable to leave the vehicle or attack any person or animal outside the vehicle.

Dog under effective control

A dog is under the effective control of a person in a public place if the dog is on a road or road-related area in a built-up area, or any other public place declared to be an area where a dog must be on a lead, and the dog is secured and restrained by means of a lead not more than 2 metres long held by hand by a person able to control the dog; or tethered to a fixed object by a lead not more than 2 metres long for a period not more than 30 minutes.

A dog is under the effective control of a person while not on a lead if the dog is a working dog engaged in working; or a hunting dog engaged in hunting; or engaged in racing or showing; or engaged in obedience or agility trials; or engaged in an approved training activity; or engaged in training in a training area.

In an area where a dog is not required to be on a lead, the dog is under the effective control of a person if it is in close proximity to the person; and it is in sight of the person; and the person is able to demonstrate to the satisfaction of an authorised person that the dog is immediately responsive to the person’s commands.

A person, at any one time, must not have in his or her charge more than 2 dogs on a lead on a footpath; or 4 dogs in a public place.

Chasing vehicles

The owner or person in charge of a dog must ensure that while the dog is in a public place the dog does not rush at, or chase, a moving vehicle or bicycle in that public place.

A person must not urge a dog to rush at, or chase, a moving vehicle or bicycle in a public place.

Removal of faeces

A person in charge of a dog must immediately remove and dispose of any faeces left by the dog in a public place or in a place not owned by the person. This does not apply in respect of a guide dog that is accompanying a wholly or partially blind person.

Keeping several dogs

A person, without a licence, must not keep or allow to be kept on any premises more than 2 dogs over the age of 6 months; or more than 4 working dogs over the age of 6 months.

Prohibited public areas

A person must not take a dog into any grounds of a school, preschool, kindergarten, creche or other place for the reception of children without the permission of a person in charge of the place; or any shopping centre or any shop; or the grounds of a public swimming pool; or any playing area of a sportsground on which sport is being played; or any area within 10 metres of a children’s playground. This does not apply to a guide dog that is accompanying a wholly or partially blind person or is in training for that purpose; or a hearing dog that is accompanying a wholly or partially deaf person or is in training for that purpose; or a pet shop; or the premises of a veterinary surgeon; or a pet-grooming shop; or any other premises related to the care and management of dogs.

Dogs attacking persons or animals

If a dog that is not under the effective control of a person on private premises, or that is not under the effective control of a person in a public place, rushes at or chases any person, the owner of the dog is guilty of an offence. This does not apply if the dog was being used in the reasonable defence of any person or property; or the dog was being teased, abused or assaulted; or the dog was a working dog engaged in-working with police; or droving or tending livestock; or the dog was a hunting dog engaged in hunting.

If a dog that is not a dangerous dog or a restricted breed dog attacks or bites any person or animal and the injuries caused by the dog to the person or animal are not in the nature of a serious injury, the owner of the dog is guilty of an offence. This does not apply if the dog was being used in the reasonable defence of any person or property; or the dog was being teased, abused or assaulted; or the dog was a working dog engaged in-working with police; or droving or tending livestock; or the dog was a hunting dog engaged in hunting.

If a dog that is not a dangerous dog or a restricted breed dog attacks or bites any person or animal and causes a serious injury to the person or a serious injury or death to the animal, the owner of the dog is guilty of an offence. This does not apply if the dog was being used in the reasonable defence of any person or property; or the dog was being teased, abused or assaulted; or the dog was a working dog engaged in-working with police; or droving or tending livestock; or the dog was a hunting dog engaged in hunting.

If a dog attacks a person, the owner of the dog must notify the council within 24 hours after the attack. This does not apply if the dog was being used in the reasonable defence of any person or property; or the dog was being teased, abused or assaulted; or the dog was a working dog engaged in-working with police; or droving or tending livestock; or the dog was a hunting dog engaged in hunting.

Attacking dogs

A person may restrain or destroy a dog if the person is being attacked by the dog; or sees the dog attacking-another person; or another animal; or a guide dog or hearing dog. A person who restrains a dog is to notify the general manager as soon as possible.

A person carrying on primary production relating to livestock on rural land or any other person acting under his or her authority may destroy any dog at large found on that land.

 

Compiled from the Animal Health Regulations 2006

Prohibition on feeding offal to dogs

A person must not feed offal to a dog, or allow offal to be fed to a dog, unless the offal is contained in pet food and the pet food is commercially sterile; or the offal is contained in pet food and the pet food, or the offal component of the pet food, has been thermally treated; or the offal is contained in pet food and the pet food, or the offal component of the pet food, has been treated by the application of a process approved by the Chief Veterinary Officer.

 

Compiled from the Animal Welfare Act 1993

Traps

A person must not set, lay or place a leghold trap, glueboard trap or snare. This does not apply for a person who has been granted an exemption by the Minister to use a leghold trap, glueboard trap or snare. This also does not apply to the use of a mist net by a person who holds a permit to use a mist net granted under the Nature Conservation Act 2002; or a gillnet used in accordance with any regulations or rules made under the Living Marine Resources Management Act 1995; or a box trap, cage trap, mousetrap and other similar devices.