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Dogs, Cats and Animal Control

This chapter provides information concerning animal care, wildlife and injuries caused by other animals as well as detailing the contacts and resources available to people in Tasmania.

Introduction to Animal Care

When a person is attacked and injured or their property is damaged by an animal owned by someone else, it may be possible to obtain compensation for negligence. In such a case, it would be necessary to establish a cause of action as in any other negligence case. Where the action sought is to d...


Injuries Caused by Dogs Under the Dog Control Act 2000 the common law applies and a dog’s owner is not liable unless it can be shown that the owner or keeper of the dog was aware of the dog’s vicious propensity. This may be difficult to prove. Various offences are created by the Dog Control Act ...


The Cat Management Act 2009 and Cat Management Regulations 2012 have imposed conditions on cat owners in an attempt to deal with the problems of feral cats, and to encourage responsible ownership. They came into effect on July 1st, 2012. Cats are classified by the Department of Primary Industry, ...

Birds, Domestic Fowl and Livestock

Some native birds, such as the sulphur crested cockatoo, may be kept as pets without the need for a permit, others are totally protected or may only be obtained from a licensed dealer or permit holder. The Local Government Act 1993 (Tas) allows local councils to make by-laws to regulate health...


The Wildlife (General) Regulations 2010 which are issued under the Nature Conservation Act 2002  regulate the taking and possession of wildlife. It is an offence for a person to buy, sell or possess any wildlife taken contrary to the regulations (Reg 38 and Division 5). The regulations provide...

Injuries Caused by Other Animals

In Public Places The common law divides all animals into two categories. The first category includes all animals and birds which, by habit or training, live in association with man, for example, cats and all common farm animals. The second category includes all remaining animals, and the law dee...

Contacts and Resources

Animal management is part of local council responsibilities. The Hobart City Council provides comprehensive information on dogs. You can also visit The Dogs Home website for information on adopting dogs, and care available for dogs. Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environ...

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