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Dogs

As the City of Playford is home to almost 15,000 dogs – that’s more than a quarter of all households in the area – we know a thing or two about taking care of man’s best friend. By providing information about responsible pet ownership and animal welfare, residents of the City of Playford can find out how to keep their dogs healthy, happy, and safe.

Dog and Cat Management Plan

The City of Playford’s Dog and Cat Management Plan brings forward strategies you can take to ensure your pet is well looked after under the guidelines of the wider Council planning architecture.

Prepared by the Health, Environment & Regulatory Services Department, the strategies within this plan have been designed by a broad range of stakeholders, fashioning an easy guide for dog and cat owners in the City of Playford.

Registration

You want your dogs to be as safe as possible, and in order to keep them safe it is required by law that each dog is registered with Council. In the case that your furry friend is found wandering, we make every effort to contact you based on the details on the registration tag on their collar.

Legislative changes that commenced in 1 July 2017 introduce new names for classes of registration:

  • A Standard dog is a dog that has been both desexed and microchipped
  • A Non-standard dog is any other dog aside from assistance dogs, working livestock dogs and dogs belonging to registered breeders

Dog owners are encouraged to desex and microchip their dogs to receive discounted registration and to comply with legislative requirements commencing 1 July 2018.

Important reminders when registering your dog
  • Dogs must be registered within 14 days of being on a property or when they reach 3 months of age
  • Registrations are renewed between July – 31 August every year
  • Owners who do not renew dog registrations will face a determined late fee after August 31 of that year
How do I register my dog?

From 1 July 2018 all domestic pet registrations are handled by DACO (Dogs and Cats Online) including online payments. You must renew your registration by 31 August each year. To register a new dog you will need to provide:

  • Your identification
  • Your concession card (for a reduction in registration costs)
  • Any forms related to micro-chipping, de-sexing and training (for a reduction in registration costs)

These forms can be uploaded to the DACO website or you may present your documents in person to Council to process at the Playford Civic Centre or Stretton Centre Library, 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

N.B. Stretton Centre will not accept cash payments.

How much does it cost to register my dog?

Non-standard dog

$65.00

Non-standard dog desexed

$39.00

Non-standard dog concession

$32.50

Non-standard dog desexed/concession

$19.50

Non-standard dog mid-year fee

$32.50

Non-standard dog microchipped:

$58.50

Non-standard dog trained*:

$58.50

Standard dog

$32.50

Standard dog trained

$26.00

Barking Dogs

We understand barking dogs can be a nuisance to neighbours and the surrounding community – as investigations for barking and nuisance dogs can be difficult to resolve, the law allows dogs to bark but not persistently.

As soon as a barking dog becomes a disturbance, you must contact Council as we can determine and document the level of nuisance before beginning an investigation. Complete the form and return to Council to start the process.

Dog Parks

Dog parks are a wonderful addition to the City of Playford community for dogs and owners alike. Keeping our furry friends in a happy state of mind by letting them socialise and run to their heart’s desire, it also helps owners meet likeminded dog lovers. The City of Playford is home to three dog parks – all of which are fenced with water facilities, bins and seating. See the map below of Jo Gapper Park at Hillbank, Stebonheath Dog Park at Andrews Farm, and Pooch Park at Blakeview

Dog park ettiquette
  • Watch your dog at all times and clean up after them if they make a mess
  • Remove your dog if they become hostile or a nuisance to other park users
  • Supervise any young children in the park
  • Do not take your dog to the park if it is in season, sick, or under six months old
  • Do not bring food, alcohol or bicycles to the park
  • Do not play any sporting activities
  • Dogs must be under effective control by means of physical restraint (lead) or voice command at all times

Check the suitability of your local park before you leave the house - visit our Parks, Reserves and Playgrounds page.

Dog Attacks

You must report a dog attack as soon as you are safe by contacting City of Playford on 8256 0333. Like any serious occurrence, time is valuable, especially if the offending dog is on the loose and poses a risk to other humans or animals.

How can you assist inspectors after a dog attack?

Please gather as much of the following information as you can and call us:

  • The date, time and exact location of the attack – if you are unsure, use your GPS equipped smartphone to check on a map
  • A description of the offending dog: its registration disc, name tag, breed, colour, sex, markings, collar size and colour
  • A description of the owner: their name, address, contact phone number, male or female, age, hair colour, clothing
  • If a car was involved and the offender drove away with the dog: the car registration number, make, model, colour
  • A description and photographs of any injuries and location on your body or your pet's body
What happens when a dog attack is reported?
  • A community Inspector will contact you and may take a statement or affidavit from you
  • Photos may be taken of any injuries to yourself, or your animals or birds
  • The dog's owner may be contacted to get their side of the incident
  • The Inspector could seek witness statements and other evidence
  • Community Inspectors assess the circumstances and evidence and make a decision for action
  • Council will then issue legal notices as required, and inform the parties of the outcome
Who is responsible for a dogs actions?

You, or the person with the care and control of the dog, are responsible for your dog’s actions. It is an offence for a dog to attack, harass or chase a person, another animal or a bird owned by a person.

Are there penalties associated with dog attacks?

Depending on the severity of the attack, councils can:

  • Issue a warning
  • Impose an on the spot expiation regarding the attack, wandering at large and/or unregistered dog where appropriate
  • Take direct court action (in more serious cases)
  • Impose a control order (nuisance, dangerous dog, menacing dog, or destruction order)

The maximum penalty for a dog attack is $2,500.