Please note: We have edited the below information to remove ambiguity around some of the legislation changes. If you require further clarification on the new laws, please contact the Dog and Cat Management Board

At Doghouse Daycare, we believe that all responsible dog owners should be aware of legislation changes that help keep our precious pooches and our communities, safe.

On Wednesday 21st June, the South Australian Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation, announced new legislation and increased fines for dog owners in SA. These are the first changes to come from the reform of the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995, and the first time we are seeing fines and expiations increase since the legislation was first passed.

The new legislation comes into effect on 1st July 2017.

Some of the changes include:

  • Failure to pick up after your dog will now attract a $210 expiation, up from $55.
  • Excessive dog barking fines have gone up from $105 to $315 (with a maximum fine of $1250)
  • Transporting unrestrained dogs on the tray of vehicles will come with a $210 fine (previously $105), with a maximum fine of $1250. There are exemptions to this.(Doghouse comment: We have edited this statement on to clarify the legislation covers dogs travelling on the tray of vehicles only). 
  • Allowing your dog to attack, chase or menace another person or animal will be a $315 expiation, or $750 if your dog is a prescribed breed (American Pit Bull Terrier, Fila Braziliero, Japanese Tosa, Dog Argentinia, Presa Canario) (Doghouse comment: These are prescribed breeds per the legislation, and do not reflect our view of these breeds at all). 

According to Dog and Cat Management Board Secretary Andrew Lamb, “The many benefits of dog and cat ownership come with responsibility. Not only do we need to properly care for our dogs and cats, but we need to think about the impact of our pets on our neighbours and local community.”

Don’t forget that you can purchase vehicle restraints, waste bags and leads at Doghouse Daycare.

We can advise on the right fit and size for your dog, and our experienced staff can also help guide you if your dog barks excessively, or exhibits behaviour that requires extra training.

Be ready for the changes on 1st July 2017, and contact us today for advice

For more information about the legislation changes, see