Animals

Pet owners' responsibilities

Your legal responsibilities as a pet owner. Registering, microchipping and permits.

Owners are responsible for complying with the law, which includes registering and microchipping dogs and cats over 3 months old. Permits are sometimes necessary if you have more than one animal on your property.

There is no doubt that dogs and cats make great pets, besides giving you unconditional love the health benefits for you have been proven in many studies. Owning a pet can also be great for teaching children responsibility, and helps develop their social and nurturing skills.

Owners are responsible for complying with the law, which includes registering and microchipping dogs and cats over 3 months old.

Legally you are liable if your dog is not securely confined to your property, therefore your yard must have a closed gate and an escape proof fence.Visitors must have safe access to your front door, without being stopped by your dog. Cat owners are not allowed to let their cat trespass on other peoples property.

If you mistreat or fail to properly care for your pet you can be taken to court and face fines, time in jail or bans on owning an animal.

If the owner of the pet is under 18 years old, the parent or guardian is deemed the legal owner of the pet in the event of any penalties or prosecutions.

Pets fact sheet