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Your Legal Obligations

All animals must be kept in such a way that it does not compromise the 5 freedoms of welfare.

What are the Five Freedoms of animal welfare? – RSPCA Knowledgebase

The Cat Act was updated in 2011. Essentially all cats need to be sterilised, microchipped and registered with the local council by 6 months of age. Exceptions apply. See the Act for the details.

Laws for responsible cat owners | DLGSC

The 1976 Dog Act was updated in 2021. Essentially all dogs need to be sterilised by 2 years of age. They also should be registered with the local Council and microchipped by 3 months of age. These amendments are not yet being enforced but all dog owners should be aware. See the Act and Amendment for details. 

Stop Puppy Farming | DLGSC

Dog Act 1976 - [06-e0-02].pdf (

In Western Australia there are mandatory livestock identification and movement laws. If you own livestock then you need to obtain a PIC number to use when moving stock from place to place and in disease outbreak investigations by the Ag Department. See below.

Livestock ownership, identification and movement in Western Australia | Agriculture and Food

Your Legal Obligations: Resources
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