Animal Management (cats and dogs) Act 2008

Pets are a wonderful addition to any family; however it is important to understand your responsibilities as a pet owner. Mount Isa City Council is a proud supporter of responsible pet ownership. 

In 2008, the Queensland Government introduced the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008. The aim of this new Act is to establish a consistent approach to animal management in Queensland though mandatory identification and registration of animals. The Act promotes the responsible ownership of cats and dogs and provides the effective management of “regulated” dogs.  

Cat and dog registrations are designed to promote responsible pet ownership.

Cat and dog registration also provides safety and security to your pet, you and the community. 

Registration of cants and dogs helps Council reunite you and your pet should you be separated. 

  • Register your cat or dog.
  • Desex your cat or dog at an early age.
  • Ensure your cat or dog is kept contained to your property at all times.
  • Identify your cat or dog with a collar,tag, and microchip.
  • Provide clean, fresh water at all times.
  • Cats or dogs that wander are in danger of being injured or killed by a car, impounded or stolen.
  • Choosing a breed of cat or dog that is suitable to your home and lifestyle.
  • Socialising your dog as a young puppy so it feels at ease around people and other animals and teaching it correct behaviour.
  • Exercise your dog regularly. Always walk your dogs on a leash and under the control of a responsible person while in public places.
  • Controlling barking dogs.
  • Keeping your cat or dog healthy by ensuring that its vaccinations are up to date, and that it receives a healthy and balanced diet.
  • Ensures your compliance with state legislation and Council’s Local Laws.
  • Promotes responsible pet ownership.
  • Minimises euthanasia rates of unclaimed impounded animals.
  • Having your cat or dog desexed will also reduce your registration fees

The Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 enhances community safety through the introduction of statewide management of regulated dogs from 1 July 2009.

A regulated dog is a dog that is subject to legal regulations. There are three types of regulated dog in Queensland

  • Declared Dangerous Dogs
  • Declared Menacing Dogs
  • Restricted Dogs

For further information contact Council's Local Laws Department on 47473200.