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Responsibilities of companion animal owners
Under the Act dogs and cats are defined as 'companion animals'.
We love our animals in Randwick City. They get us out of the house, they delight our children and they bring comfort and companionship to our less mobile citizens.
Randwick has many unleashed exercise areas and reserves where your dog can run free.
However, ownership of a dog or cat comes with certain responsibilities, to ensure the safety of our community, environmental amenity and protection of native wildlife.
That's why pets are not allowed on the beach or bush reserves. It's also why you must microchip and register your cat or dog, for their wellbeing and safety and to comply with the law.
Microchipping and registering your pet means you can find them if they get lost and it's also required by law.
The Companion Animals Act (1998) details many requirements for pet ownership. Some of those are:
- Dogs must have a collar and tag displaying their details when on public land.
- Dogs must be under the effective control of a competent person.
- If your dog defecates in a public place you must remove and dispose of it in a bin.
- Dogs are not allowed to rush at, chase, harass or attack any person or animal.
- Dogs and cats are not allowed at children's play areas, food preparation areas, Randwick's beaches and community centres, schools, kindergartens or wildlife protection areas.
Cats are hunters and an important factor in the decline of native animal populations. Curfews, desexing and bells alone are not effective in protecting our native animals.
Randwick City Council strongly encourages all cat owners to keep their pets indoors at night, to not feed stray cats and to properly house cats when away on holidays.