Responsible pet ownership

Microchipping

Microchipping is a very quick, safe and simple procedure which can be carried out by your local vet. Please contact your vet to arrange an appointment.

Please make sure your contact details remain current with the microchipping company. Non-compliance may result in infringements or court action.

Excreta

Local Laws require dog owner/s, or person/s in control of the dog to be responsible for the removal of excrement from any street or public place - as well as private property without the consent of the occupier.

Failing to remove or dispose of excreta is an offence and you may be infringed. Penalty $100.

Barking Dogs

The City of Fremantle fully appreciates that a nuisance dog barking can be irritating and that everyone has different tolerance levels and sensitivities to a dog barking.

Dogs bark for a variety of reasons and may appear to be barking for 'no reason' however the dog is trying to communicate with anyone nearby. Sometimes the owner is quite unaware their dog has been barking.

Why do dogs bark?

  • Lack of exercise
  • Inadequate yard space
  • Separation anxiety
  • Boredom or lack of stimulation, both mental and physical
  • Not enough human companionship
  • Inadequate shelter from weather conditions
  • Hunger or thirst
  • Medical condition such as an illness or discomfort
  • Provocation/Disturbances
  • Change to family structure/separation anxiety that can lead to destructiveness, howling or escaping.

Residents are encouraged to resolve the barking situation by:

Politely speaking to the dog owner or placing a note in their letterbox to advise that their dog is causing a nuisance by barking.

If you have contacted the dog owner and are getting no results, please call the Community Safety Team on 1300 360 666 to report.

As per S38 Dog Act 1976 to lodge a formal complaint you must complete a “Barking Diary” for a period of 14days in the first instance along with a prescribed form (form 7).  The purpose of this is for Rangers to assess how much the dog is actually barking and if constitutes a nuisance. The diaries may be used as evidence should the matter go to court.

To download a "Barking Diary” please click here 

Dog attacks are a very serious matter. If your dog attacks another person you will be held responsible even if you were not there at the time. The only exemption is where the dog was provoked to attack. A dog attack includes a dog aggressively rushing at or attempting to attack a person or animal, as well as tearing clothing, biting or causing physical injury. You should report dog attacks immediately to the Community Safety & Rangers Team.

Should you sustain physical injuries you will need to photograph the injuries, document any medical treatment/reports and provide a statement. It is important to record the names, addresses and phone numbers of witnesses where possible. Remember that the more evidence and witness statements available will raise the chances of a successful prosecution.

Reporting an attack enables Community Safety Officers to investigate the allegations and take the appropriate action under the Dog Act 1976.​

Restricted Breeds

The Western Australian State Government has introduced tough new regulations on restricted dog breeds. For more information, please download the information. 

Cats

The Act requires the identification through micro-chipping, sterilisation and registration of domestic cats in WA. The cat laws came into effect in November 2013.

Responsible cat ownership includes:

  • sterilising your cat – we offer sterilisation subsidies
  • micro-chipping your cat
  • ensuring your cat wears a collar with a bell – protecting wildlife
  • bringing your cat in at night – protects wildlife, reduces the risk of cats being hit by cars and cat fights
  • it is recommended that cats be confined to the owners property
  • your cat will be required to wear a collar and registration tag.


For complaints regarding persons keeping more than 3 cats which are causing a nuisance, contact our compliance services team here.

Contact us

Community safety and rangers
Fremantle Oval
70 Parry Street
Fremantle
T 08 9432 9999
F 08 9432 9909
After hours: 1300 360 666
info@fremantle.wa.gov.au