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Penalty Notices:

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A penalty notice is also commonly referred to as a fine.

Under the Companion Animals Act an authorised officer of the Local Council can issue a penalty notice if a pet owner has failed to comply with their legal obligations, such as, failing to:

  • Microchip their dog or cat;
  • Attach identification on their dog or cat;
  • Leash their dog unless in an area designated as an off-leash zone;
  • Comply with requirements set out in a nuisance dog or nuisance cat order;
  • Comply with requirements imposed on owners of a dangerous, menacing or restricted dog.

The RSPCA can also issue a penalty notice under the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act if someone has engaged in conduct prohibited under this Act, including:

  • Cruelty and aggravated cruelty to animals;
  • Administering poisons to animals;
  • Failing to report certain injuries;
  • Failing to provide adequate water, shelter and medical treatment to animals.

If someone wishes to object to a penalty notice, they may be able to take their matter to court. If you have been issued with a penalty notice you may wish to contact our office and arrange an appointment to see one of our Animal Law & Pet Law Solicitors in our Sydney office. By appointment, we can also arrange a time for you to see one of our lawyers at branch office. For a complete listing please see our "Locations" tab.

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