Mandurah's pet owners asked for input on dog and cat laws

Mandurah MP David Templeman has called on local residents to have their say on Western Australia's cat and dog laws as the state government looks to draft new legislation.

The Cat Act 2011 and Dog Act 1976 are designed to assist with the control and management of cats and dogs in WA, primarily carried out by local governments.

The cat law included mandatory microchipping and sterilisation of all cats aged six months and over as well as registration of cats with the relevant local government.

The aim was to reduce the impact of unwanted cats on the community and environment and encourage responsible pet ownership.

Amendments to the Dog Act made in 2013 included compulsory microchipping of all dogs and stricter control of dangerous dogs to improve community safety.

The state government is reviewing how effective these amendments have been in the control and management of cats and dogs in WA.

Local government minister Mr Templeman said Mandurah residents loved their pets and want the best for their welfare.

"It is important that our laws governing the control and management of dogs and cats is kept fit for purpose and up-to-date, reflecting community standards," he said.

"From encouraging responsible pet ownership, keeping the community and other animals safe, reuniting lost pets with their owners to reducing the number of animals that are admitted to shelters and euthanised, the legislation impacts the whole community.

"We are now seeking community feedback to ensure that the operation and effectiveness of these laws meet community expectations.

"Local governments have the important role of administering the laws in their local communities and their feedback is also encouraged."

The consultation period will be open for three months until August 4. To have your say, read the consultation paper and complete the short survey here.