Desexing and Microchipping

Compulsory Desexing

Under the provisions of the Domestic Animals Act 1994, Council resolved that all dogs and cats being registered for the first time must be desexed. Exemptions are granted in accordance with the Act.

Dogs and cats exempt from desexing

  1. A dog or cat that is owned by a person or body that conducts a domestic animal business registered with Council, where that dog or cat is used for breeding purposes in connection with that business;
  2. A dog or cat that is the subject of written veterinary advice that the health of the dog or cat is liable to be significantly prejudiced if it is desexed;
  3. A dangerous dog that is kept as a guard dog for non-residential premises;
  4. A dangerous dog that has undergone protection training in accordance with any relevant Code of Practice made under section 59;
  5. A dog or cat that is owned by a person who is a current member of an applicable organisation and the animal is registered with that organisation.*

*The Minister for Agriculture has declared the following 'applicable organisations':
Feline Control Council (Victoria) Inc, The Governing Council of the Cat Fancy Australia and Victoria, Dogs Victoria, Australian National Cats Inc, Cats Victoria Inc, Greyhound Racing Victoria. These organisations have a code of ethics that requires responsible pet ownership in compliance with the Act and related Codes of Practice.

If a dog or cat is registered with one of the above applicable organisations and the owner is also a current member of the applicable organisation, the animal does not need to be desexed to be registered. However, proof of membership (both animal and owner) must be shown at time of registration.

Compulsory Microchipping

The Domestic Animal Act 1994 requires;

  • All applications for dogs and cats to be registered for the first time with Latrobe City Council will not be accepted unless the dog or cat has been implanted with a microchip and has been desexed (proof of which must be provided, some exemptions do apply).
  • If you are renewing an existing dog or cat registration your dog or cat must be microchipped (proof required) prior to 10 April 2009.

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