The Dog Act 1976, administered and enforced by local governments, addresses dog control and registration, ownership and keeping of dogs, and the obligations and rights of dog owners and others.
Responsible dog ownership
You must ensure your dog is:
currently registered (if over three months of age)
- wears a collar displaying name, address, phone number and registration tag
- confined to the premises at which it lives or is temporarily residing
- under the control of a competent person
- only exercised off the leash in a designated area, and is under verbal control. You must carry a leash.
Limitation of dog numbers
The Shire of Mundaring Dogs Local Law 2017 states;
The limit on the number of dogs which may be kept on any premises is, for the purpose of section 26(4) of the Act, 2 dogs over the age of 3 months and the young of those dogs under that age.
Upon request the local government ,may grant an exemption in relation to any particular premises under section 26(3) of the Act. No exemption shall be granted to the owner or occupier of any premises if the premises by reason of inadequate fencing, size, location or detrimental effect on any other premises, would be inappropriate for the housing of three or more dogs.
Request for exemptions can only be approved by delegated officers. Fee: $100 per application.
The most common complaint against dogs is barking. Under Section 38 (2)(b) of the Dog Act 1976 a dog is a nuisance if: "(b) It creates a noise, by barking or otherwise, which persistently occurs or continues to a degree or extent not normally habitual in dogs and has a disturbing effect on the state of reasonable physical, mental or social wellbeing of a person."
Fact Sheet for Residents Affected by Barking Dogs
Barking Dogs - Dog Owner Information Sheet
Excessive barking by dogs in the neighbourhood
Consider discussing the issue with your neighbour as they may not be aware their dog is causing a nuisance. If you are unable to approach the owner, or the owner is not receptive to your concerns, then advise Community Safety Rangers who will assist you with this matter. Barking nuisance should be reported before it becomes an established habit
Dog Noise Card
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