Animal Management Legislation

The Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008  was passed on 11 December 2008 and promotes responsible pet ownership and specifies mandatory requirements for:

  • registration of dogs;
  • micro-chipping of dogs and cats;
  • compulsory desexing of dogs in certain circumstances; and
  • management and regulation of restricted dogs and regulated dogs.

Council is responsible for ensuring the monitoring and enforcement of State laws governing animal management and the introduction, implementation and enforcement of local laws governing animal management.

For further information on this Act and the associated Regulation, please visit the Office of the Queensland Parliamentary Counsel.

Regulated Dog Definitions

Regulated Dog definitions are:

Restricted Dog
Dogs of the following breeds:

  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Japanese Tosa
  • American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier
  • Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario
  • or is subject of a restricted dog declaration under the Act

Regulated Dog
A declared dangerous dog or declared menacing dog or a restricted dog including a dog that is subject of a declaration under Section 94 of the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008.

Working Dog
Means a dog usually kept or proposed to be kept on rural land and by an owner who is a primary producer or engaged or employed by a primary producer; and primarily is used or being trained for the purpose of droving, protecting, tendering or working stock.  (This excludes a Regulated Dog).