King Island Council - Tasmania
King Island Council - Tasmania
PO Box 147, Currie
King Island TAS 7256
Ph: 03 6462 9000
Fax: 03 6462 1313
E: kicouncil@kingisland.tas.gov.au

Animal Control

Our Dog Registration Form & Kennel Licence Form is available for you to view and print. You will need Adobe's Acrobat Reader to read these documents.
A full list of Councils currentĀ Fees and Charges can be downloaded in PDF form through the Council Documents tab - Fees and Charges.

For a copy of the Dog Registration Form or a Kennel Licence form, please click here

Frequently Asked Questions

Responsible Animal Ownership

This information is a guide to Responsible Animal Ownership, which details what is expected of animal owners who live in or visit King Island.

If you follow the code you will avoid any infringement of the law and there will be no need for Council to directly intervene in your animal ownership role, other than being available for information and advice when required.

Council is required to enforce various State Government Acts in relation to the keeping and control of animals. These Acts include the: -

Dog Control Act and Regulations;
Local Government Act;
Local Government Highways Act; and
Local Government (Building and Miscellaneous Provisions) Act.

This guide in a great source of information. Further information is also available from Council's Director of Environmental Services by telephoning 6462 9000.

Responsible Animal Owners

It's not hard to be a responsible animal owner; in fact it is usually just plain common sense. To help you be a responsible animal owner the following checklist is provided.

At all times you should be aware of the basic welfare and needs of your animal providing:
adequate food supply;
opportunity for exercise;
proper training;
clean living conditions; and
appropriate security.

Detailed information regarding animal welfare matters can be readily obtained from your local Veterinarian, the RSPCA and animal breeders.

You are responsible for the behaviour of your animal; remember bad practices create bad habits. Train your animal correctly, provide regular exercise and ensure that your animal:

Remains under effective control at all times.
does not create a nuisance or disturb the peace.
Is not allowed to or put in a position where it can destroy property.
Remains on your property when you are not with it.
Ensure that your animal is properly confined by adequate fencing and tethering (as appropriate).
Ensure protection from possible predators by other animals or escape onto roadways.

Additional information on appropriate methods of animal confinement is available from your local Veterinarian or the Council's Director of Environmental Services.

For the well being of your animal you should ensure that tethering is only used as a temporary measure or a last resort when no other means is available for confining the animal to your property. It is stressed that tethering must only be used as a means of confinement where constant supervision and care is not available. Additional advice on appropriate methods of confinement may be obtained from your local Veterinarian or Council's Director of Environmental Services.

Ensure that your animals are neutered unless they are specifically kept for licensed breeding purposes or neutering of the animal would be detrimental to its health, in which case the animal should always be confined to your property.

Remember a responsible animal owner provides his or her animal with:
good nutrition;
vaccinations;
preventative health needs;
birth control;
health needs when sick or injured;
training classes and behaviour problems; and
most importantly LOVES their animal.

The RSPCA, other Animal Welfare Groups, Breed Societies or your local Veterinarian can provide detailed advice in relation to unwanted animals or animals that cannot be kept.

As a responsible dog owner ensure that you comply with the law, for the well being of your dog by:

ensuring you choose a dog appropriate to your circumstances and the environment in which they will live;
keeping your dog under effective control (or on a leash) and supervised at all times;
preventing your dog from roaming outside your property and trespassing on private or public land reserves or roadways;
removing all faeces from a public place or from any private property, which is not owned by the person in control of the dog and dispose of it in a proper and lawful manner, thus avoiding an on-the-spot fine;
ensuring that your dog does not cause nuisance to wildlife, domestic animals or people; particularly in relation to noise, physical threat or attack; to avoid litigation and on-the-spot fines;
keeping only desexed animals unless specifically kept for breeding or neutering of the animal would be detrimental to its health; in which case the animal should always be under effective control or confined to your property;
providing adequate veterinary attention of your dog(s) as required;
The initial outlay involved in having your dog desexed can be saved within two years by reduced Dog Licence fees offered by Council.

Dog Registration

All dogs over the age of six (6) months living on the King Island are to be registered with the King Island Council and it is an offence to keep an unregistered dog.

Registered dogs must wear the current King Island Council dog tag firmly attached to the collar.
Written consent must be obtained from the Council to keep more than two (2) domestic or four (4) working dogs.

All registrations fall due on 1 July each year.

Reduced fees are given for pensioners, purebred dogs, working dogs, registered greyhounds, guide dogs and of course DESEXED dogs (proof must be shown).

Registering your dog assists Council to return your dog in the event of it being impounded, and to notify you in case of an accident.

Click here to access a current Dog Registration Form.

All current registered dog owners will receive an application form to renew registration in the mail.

Wandering Dogs

A dog found wandering at large might be impounded and only released after the payment of fees set by Council.

Unregistered dogs not claimed after Council may dispose of two (2) days.

A person may not allow their dogs to enter shops where food or clothes are sold, (guide dogs are the only exception in this case).

Nuisance/Dangerous Dogs

A person shall not set or allow a dog to rush at, attack, worry or put in fear, any person or animal.

The keeper of a dog shall not permit that dog either by itself or together with other dogs to be or to become a nuisance. A dog is considered a nuisance if it is injurious or dangerous to the health of any person - or it is shown to be allowed to behave consistently in a manner contrary to the general interest of the community.

Council may take action for SEIZURE and the DESTRUCTION of nuisance/dangerous animals.

Responsible Cat Owners

As a responsible cat owner ensure that you comply with the law and for the well being of your cat by:
ensuring that they choose a cat appropriate to your circumstances and the environment within which you live;
to protect the peace of the district and the welfare of the cat;
ensuring that your cat is under effective control and supervision at all times, which includes preventing the cat from roaming outside your property and trespassing on private or public land reserves or roadways;
to protect residents amenity, other animals and to avoid vehicle accidents;
taking reasonable steps to ensure your cat is under effective control and supervision with particular emphasis on restricting the cat from National Parks, Reserved land and roadways;
ensuring that their cat does not cause nuisance to wildlife, domestic animals or people's total amenity;
keeping only de-sexed cats unless specifically kept for breeding or neutering of the animal would be detrimental to its health; in which case the animal should always be confined to the owner's property to assist with controlling unwanted populations of stray and feral cats;
providing training and other education for your cat if practical to assist with avoiding nuisance and to maintain control; and
providing adequate veterinary attention to each case as required.

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