In October 2013 the State Government reviewed the Dog Act 1976, one of the main changes is the requirements regarding microchipping of dogs. The Act requires the following to be undertaken by dog owners,
Microchipping of dogs other than dangerous dogs
Dogs which were not registered under the Dog Act 1976, or similar Act in another State or Territory as at the 1 November 2013, and have reached 3 months of age ARE required to be microchipped
For all dogs which are currently registered under the Dog Act 1976, or similar Act in another State or Territory are required to be microchipped prior to the 1 November 2015.
Responsible dog owners are encouraged to microchip their dogs prior to this date.
Microchipping of dangerous dogs
The Dog Act 1976 requires the owner of a dangerous dog that has reached 3 months of age must ensure that the dog is microchipped when the changes to the Act came into effect on 1 November 2013.
Exemption to microchipping for dogs
A dog is exempt from microchipping if a certificate given by a veterinarian stating that the implantation of a microchip in the dog may adversely affect the health and welfare of the dog applies in respect of the dog.
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