traceyspuppyDomestic Animals Act 1994

Domestic Animals Regulations 2005

Impounding of Livestock Act 1994

Livestock Management Act 2010

Pig Welfare Standards and Guidelines

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Domestic Fowl) Regulations 2006

Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2008

Victorian Code for Broiler Farms

Victorian Code for Cattle Feedlots August 1995

Victorian Codes of Practice for Animal Welfare

Wildlife Act 1975

Wildlife (Game) Regulations 2001

Wildlife Regulations 2002

Wildlife (State Game Reserve) Regulations 2004

Compiled from the Domestic Animals Act 1994

Requirement to apply for registration

The owner of a dog or cat must apply to register that dog or cat if the animal is over 3 months old, and that person must include with the application a declaration as to whether or not the dog in respect of which the application is made is a restricted breed dog. This does not apply in relation to a dog or cat that is being kept at an animal shelter or Council pound that is a domestic animal business conducted on premises that are registered.

Council may refuse to register dogs and cats unless desexed

A Council may resolve that it will not, after a specified future date, register or renew the registration of a dog or cat unless the dog or cat is desexed or is exempted from any requirement to be desexed. This does not apply to a dog or cat that is owned by a person or body that conducts a domestic animal business under which dogs or cats are bred and the dog or cat is used for breeding purposes; a dog or cat that is owned by a person who is a current member of an applicable organisation and the animal is registered with that organisation; a dangerous dog that is kept as a guard dog for non-residential premises; a dangerous dog that has undergone protection training in accordance with any relevant Code of Practice; a dog or cat that is the subject of written veterinary advice that the health of the dog or cat is liable to be significantly prejudiced if it is desexed; a dog or cat that is of a class of dog or cat that is exempt from a requirement to be desexed.

Refusal of registration of dogs and cats unless permanently identified

A Council must not register a dog or cat unless the dog or cat has been implanted with a prescribed permanent identification device; or is of a class of dog or cat that is exempt from the requirement to be implanted with such a device; or has previously been registered with that Council at any time in the 12 month period immediately before the application for registration was lodged.

A Council may resolve that it will not, after a specified future date, renew the registration of any dog or cat unless the dog or cat has been implanted with a prescribed permanent identification device or is exempted from any requirement to be implanted with such a device.

Period of registration

The registration of a dog or cat or renewal of such registration remains in force until 10 April of the year following the registration or renewal.

Dogs and cats must be permanently identified before sale or being given away

The proprietor of a domestic animal business must not sell, or give away, a dog or cat unless the dog or cat has been implanted with a prescribed
permanent identification device.

A person must not advertise, or cause to be advertised, a dog or cat for sale unless the advertisement includes the unique number contained in the microchip contained in the prescribed permanent identification device implanted in the dog or cat; or the dog or cat is the subject of written veterinary advice that the health of the dog or cat is liable to be significantly prejudiced if it is implanted with a prescribed permanent identification device; or in the case of a registered domestic animal business, the advertisement includes the registered domestic animal business number and the name of the Council that issued the number.

Notification of sale by domestic animal business

If the proprietor of a domestic animal business sells, or gives away, a dog or cat which is not registered, he or she must notify the Council with which the animal should be registered, within 7 days after the sale or the giving away of the animal, of the sale, or the giving away of the animal; and a description of the animal; and the name and address of the new owner of the animal; and the unique number of the microchip contained in the prescribed permanent identification device implanted in the animal.

Registered dog or cat to have identification marker outside premises

If a registered dog or cat is found outside the owner’s premises without the identification required, the owner is guilty of an offence. This does not apply to a fox hound, beagle or greyhound engaged in a public coursing match or in a hunt organised by a hunt club registered with the Hunts Club Association of Victoria Incorporated or any successor in law of that association; or a dog engaged in working livestock; or a dog going to a place for the purpose of working livestock or returning from a place where it has been working livestock if it is under the effective control of some person; or a dog or cat while it is being exhibited for show purposes at a fixture conducted under the rules and regulations of an applicable organisation; or a dog while it is being exhibited for show purposes at a fixture conducted by a recognised organisation; or a dog while it is being trained for or is participating in obedience trials or classes, retrieving game, hunting or some other customary sporting activity and is under the effective control of a responsible person; or a dog that is in an area designated as an area where dogs are not required to be on leads, if the owner of the dog is a member of an applicable organisation and has in the last 12 months exhibited the dog for show purposes at a fixture conducted by an applicable organisation; and the person in apparent control of the dog has with him or her the identification required.

Dogs and cats on private property without permission

If a dog or cat has been present on private property on more than one occasion without the permission of the owner or occupier of the property, the owner or occupier of private property or an authorised officer may seize the dog or cat while it is present on the property.

The owner or occupier of the private property or the authorised officer who has seized a dog or cat must immediately notify the Council of the municipal district in which the property is situated.

Dogs found at large

If a dog is found at large outside the premises of the owner or not securely confined to the owner’s premises, between sunrise and sunset, the owner is guilty of an offence.

Cats found at large

If a cat is found at large outside the premises of the owner in a municipal district or in any area which is designated as a control zone under a management plan made under an Act, during the hours specified in the plan, the owner is guilty of an offence.

Dogs and cats found in places specified by the Council

If a dog or cat is found in a place in respect of which a Council has made an order which prohibits the presence of dogs and cats in any public place of the municipal district of the Council the owner is guilty of an offence.

Offence to set on dog to attack

A person must not wilfully set on or urge a dog to attack, bite, rush at or chase any person or animal except when hunting in accordance with the provisions of the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986.

Offence to train dogs to attack

A person must not train a dog to attack, bite, rush at, chase or in any way menace persons, animals or anything worn by persons, unless the dog is so trained in the course of conducting a domestic animal business on premises that is registered if training of such a nature is authorised under that registration; and that person is conducting or is employed by a person who is conducting a domestic animal business on premises that is registered.

Owner of livestock able to destroy dog or cat found at large near livestock

The owner of any animals or birds kept for farming purposes or any person authorised by the owner or an authorised officer may destroy any dog or cat found at large in the place where the animals or birds are confined; or if the animals or birds are tethered, in the vicinity of the animals or birds.

Dogs and cats not to be abandoned

The owner of a dog or cat must not abandon that animal.

Council animal shelters and pounds must accept surrendered animals

A Council of a municipal district must accept any dog or cat kept in that municipal district which is given to the Council by the owner of the animal because the owner is no longer willing or able to care for that animal.

Offence to conduct domestic animal business on unregistered premises

A person must not conduct a domestic animal business on a premises which is not registered for that purpose with the Council of the municipal district in which the business is conducted.

Non-compliance with Code of Practice an offence

A person or body must not conduct a domestic animal business that does not comply with the relevant Code of Practice.

Requirement to scan animals for permanent identification devices

A person who conducts an animal shelter or pound must scan an animal of a prescribed class of animal that enters that shelter or pound within 3 days of its entry to determine whether or not the animal is implanted with a permanent identification device.

Seizure of cat without current identification

A person may seize a cat that appears to be over 3 months old if it is found outside the owner’s premises without current identification that has been issued by a Council.

Seized dog or cat must be delivered up

A person (other than an authorised officer) who seizes a dog or cat must, as soon as is reasonably possible, deliver it to an authorised officer of the Council of the municipal district in which it was seized, or to a person or body which has an agreement with that Council.

Seized animal must be desexed before sold

If a Council, person or body proposes to sell a dog or cat that has been seized and that has not been desexed, the Council, person or body must ensure that the animal is desexed before it is sold.

 

Compiled from the Code of Practice for the Private Keeping of Cats (Victoria)

Nutrition

Cats must be fed at least once a day; Cats are carnivores and must not be fed a purely vegetarian diet; Cats must not be fed a diet consisting purely of fresh meat (including fish); Kittens from 6 weeks to 6 months of age must be fed a minimum of 2 meals per day; Cats must not be fed dog food as it lacks nutrients that cats require.

Breeding and reproduction

Cats with a known history of physical or genetic defects (that will affect the cat or its progeny’s quality of life) must not be used for breeding; Female cats must not be bred before 9 months of age; Kittens must not be separated from the mother before 7 weeks of age and not sold or given away before 8 weeks of age.

Housing

Cats must not be tethered at any time; Cat litter must be cleaned daily to remove urine and faeces; Disinfectants containing phenol must never be used around cats.

Transport

Travelling containers/cages must enable cats to comfortably stand, turn around, lie down and act normally; Adequate ventilation must be provided in the vehicle and travelling container/cage; For containers/cages this means multiple holes on at least three sides of the container/cage; Travelling containers must be secured or restrained in the vehicle; Cats must not be transported in the boot of a car; Cats must not be left unattended in the car if there is a possibility of heat stress occurring or in situations of extreme cold.

Trapping stray and feral cats

Trapping must be carried out in accordance with legislative requirements and the DPI information note for the humane trapping of cats; ; Steel leg-hold, snares or noose traps must not be used; Water must be provided if cats are held in cages for any period of time, especially in warm weather; Shelter must be provided to cats held in cages to protect from sun and rain; Trapped cats must be handed to an authorised officer of the local council as soon as possible; Cats must not be kept in trap cages for any longer than 24 hours; Trapped cats must be placed in a quiet location away from other animals and people until handed to the local council; Feeding wild/feral cats must not be practised (except if undertaking an appropriate trapping program).

 

Compiled from the Code of Practice for the Private Keeping of Dogs

Nutrition

Puppies from 6 weeks to 6 months of age must be fed a minimum of 2 meals per day; All dogs, but especially any that may receive offal as part of their diet must be given regular treatment to control intestinal worms (including hydatids).

Breeding and reproduction

A breeding dog must be fit, healthy and free of disease; Dogs with a known history of physical or genetic defects (that will affect the dog or its progeny’s quality of life) must not be used for breeding; Females must not be bred before they are 12 months old, to ensure they are physically fully grown; Puppies must not be separated from the mother before 7 weeks of age and not be sold or given away until 8 weeks of age or older.

Housing

Kennels must be large enough for the dog to stand, turn around and lie comfortably; Enclosures need to allow dog(s) to move around freely, to urinate and defecate away from the sleeping and eating areas and be cleaned daily so that enclosures are free of faeces; Vehicles must not be used as permanent housing for dogs; Each dog must have its own sleeping area and food bowl; Dogs must be given adequate daily exercise outside of enclosures.

Tethering

Tethered dogs must be trained to accept tethering and require greater supervision and owner vigilance than other untethered animals; Water and weatherproof shelter must be available and within the dog’s reach at all times; Collars must be fitted with a swivel to which the tether is attached and be checked daily; Dogs less than four months old, bitches in season and bitches about to give birth must not be tethered; Dogs must not be tethered to movable objects or adjacent to a fence in a manner that places them at danger of death by hanging; Dogs must be given regular daily exercise off the tether.

Transport

Dogs must not be transported in the boot of a car; Dogs must not be left unattended in the car if there is a possibility of heat stress occurring or in situations of extreme cold; Dogs must be properly tethered or restrained when on the back of a moving vehicle or trailer, in a manner that prevents the dog falling, hanging off or being injured. The only exemption to this is a dog actively being used to move livestock; Dogs being transported in a cage or other appropriate container must be able to comfortably stand, turn around, lie down and act normally; When travelling, dogs must be provided with adequate ventilation. Containers must have multiple ventilation holes on at least three sides of the container.

Training, Socialisation and Exercise

Pronged collars must not be used; Dogs must be given regular exercise; Dogs must not be exercised in any way attached to a motor vehicle due to the danger of serious injury; Dogs exercised from a bicycle must be healthy and fit and have been trained to be led from a bicycle.

 

Compiled from the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986

Dogs on moving vehicles

A person must not drive on a highway a motor vehicle with a tray or a motor vehicle to which a trailer is attached if a dog is in or on the tray or trailer and the dog is not secured in such a way as to prevent it from falling off or out of, or from, or moving off, the tray or trailer or being injured from the movement of the motor vehicle or trailer. This does not apply to a dog which is being used to assist in the movement of livestock.

Breeding of animals with heritable defects

A person must not, intentionally or recklessly, allow an animal with a heritable defect to breed.

A person must not sell or dispose of an animal with a heritable defect if the person knows or is reckless as to whether the animal has a heritable defect, unless the person who sells or disposes of the animal advises the person to whom the animal is sold or disposed of(before the sale or disposal)that the animal has the heritable defect.

Setting or using traps

A person must not set or use a trap that is not of a kind prescribed by regulations under this Act.

A person who sets or uses a trap that is of a kind prescribed by regulations under this Act must do so in accordance with those regulations.

A person must not set or use a large leghold trap of a prescribed kind in Victoria unless the person does so in an area that is declared by the Minister to be an area in which the setting or using of large leghold traps of that kind is permitted.

 

Compiled from the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Regulations 2008

Remote training collars and anti-bark collars

A person must not put a remote training collar or anti-bark collar on a dog unless the person is a veterinary practitioner or a qualified dog trainer; or acting under the supervision and written instructions of a veterinary practitioner or a qualified dog trainer.

Requirements for setting or using small leghold traps

A person must not set or use a small leghold trap unless the person sets or uses the trap for the purposes of trapping rabbits; and the trap complies with regulation 26; and the person sets or uses the trap in accordance with regulations 27 and 32.

Places where small leghold traps must not be set, used or possessed

A small leghold trap must not be set or used in the following places-Crown land; or an urban area except with the consent of the Minister (unless the land is mainly used for agriculture); or any other land unless a person has the consent of the owner or occupier of the land. A small leghold trap must not be possessed on Crown land.

Requirements for setting or using large leghold traps

A person must not set or use a large leghold trap unless the person sets or uses the trap for the purposes of trapping foxes or wild dogs; and if the person sets or uses the trap for the purposes of trapping foxes, the trap complies with regulation 29; or trapping wild dogs, the trap complies with regulation 30; and the trap is set or used in accordance with regulations 31 and 32.

Requirements for setting or using confinement traps

A person must not set or use a confinement trap unless the trap complies with regulation 34; and the person sets or uses the trap in accordance with regulations 35 and 36.

Places where confinement traps may not be set or used

A confinement trap must not be set or used on any land, except with the consent of the owner or occupier of the land, or, in the case of Crown land, the manager of the land.

Conditions of set or use of confinement traps

A person must not set or use a confinement trap unless the person complies with the conditions under this regulation.

If the animal is trapped in an enclosure or yard in a non-urban area where sufficient food, water and shelter is provided to the trapped animal, the animal must not be left trapped for more than 48 hours. In any case other than that referred to here the trapped animal must not be left alive in the trap for more than 24 hours.

A trapped animal that is a declared pest animal must be humanely destroyed as soon as is reasonably possible unless the person who owns it is authorised to own it under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 and the animal can be returned to the owner.

If an animal is not required to be humanely destroyed or an animal for which the trap has been set or used, is captured in the trap and is alive at the time the trap is checked the animal must be released from the trap as soon as is reasonably possible; and if the animal is injured, it must be taken to a veterinary practitioner for treatment as soon as is reasonably possible or, if severely injured, may be humanely destroyed.

If an animal that is released from a trap is uninjured and is a dog or a cat, it must be taken to the local council as soon as is reasonably possible; or an animal that is not wildlife or a dog or a cat, it must be taken to an animal shelter or other appropriate animal care facility as soon as is reasonably possible.

The trap must be set or used so as to minimise any harm caused to a trapped animal; and the risk of catching non-target species.

Conditions of set or use of non-kill snare traps

A person must not set or use a non-kill snare trap unless the person complies with the conditions under this regulation.

A non-kill snare trap must only be set or used in accordance with the approval of the Minister and in accordance with any conditions of that approval.

A trapped animal must not be left alive in the trap for more than 8 hours.

A trapped animal that is a declared pest animal must be humanely destroyed as soon as is reasonably possible unless the person who owns it is authorised to own it under the Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 and the animal can be returned to its owner.

If an animal that is not required to be humanely destroyed or that is not an animal for which the trap has been set or used, is captured in the trap and is alive at the time the trap is checked the animal must be released from the trap as soon as is reasonably possible; and if the animal is injured, it must be taken to a veterinary practitioner for treatment as soon as is reasonably possible or, if severely injured, the animal may be humanely destroyed.

If an animal that is released from a trap is uninjured and is a dog or a cat, it must be taken to the local council as soon as is reasonably possible; or an animal that is not wildlife or a dog or a cat, it must be taken to an animal shelter or other appropriate animal care facility as soon as is reasonably possible.

The trap must be set or used so as to minimise any harm caused to a trapped animal; and the risk of catching non-target species.

Requirements for setting or using rodent kill traps

A person must not set or use a rodent kill trap unless the person sets or uses the trap for the purposes of trapping rodents; and the trap complies with regulation 46; and the person sets or uses the trap in accordance with regulations 47 and 48.

Prescribed features of rodent kill traps

A rodent kill trap must have the following features if jawed, the trap must have smooth, not serrated jaws; the trap must humanely destroy the animal; the trap must not have spikes or serrations which could cause injury to a trapped animal before its death.

Places where rodent kill traps may be set or used

A rodent kill trap must not be set or used on any land or premises except with the consent of the owner or occupier of the land or premises or, in the case of Crown land, the manager of the land.

Conditions of set or use of rodent kill traps

The trap must be set or used so as to minimise the risk of catching non-target species.

Requirements for setting or using kill traps

A person must not set or use a kill trap unless the person sets or uses the trap for the purposes of trapping animals that are established pest animals or any other species approved by the Minister; and the trap complies with regulation 50; and the person sets or uses the trap in accordance with regulations 51 and 52.

Prescribed features of kill traps

A kill trap must have the following features the trap must humanely destroy the animal; and the trap must not have spikes or serrations which could cause injury to a trapped animal before its death.

Places where kill traps may be set or used

A kill trap must not be set or used on any land except with the consent of the owner or occupier of the land or, in the case of Crown land, the manager of the land.

Conditions of set or use of kill traps

A kill trap, other than a rodent kill trap under Division 7, must not be set or used unless the use has been approved by the Minister and the use complies with any conditions of that approval.

Requirements for setting or using glue traps

A person must not set or use a glue trap unless the person is a commercial pest control operator; and the person sets or uses the trap for the purposes of trapping rodents; and the person has been approved by the Minister to set or use the trap; and the person sets or uses the trap in accordance with any determination by the Minister as to-the period of time during which setting or using a glue trap is permitted; and any other conditions of setting or using a glue trap that the Minister considers appropriate.