The Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 (SA), also places some regulation on cats although these are not the same controls as dogs. The Act allows a cat to be seized, detained, destroyed or otherwise disposed of [Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 (SA) ss 72-76] (but only by an authorised officer) if the cat is found:

  • in a reserve or sanctuary (even if private property) declared under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 (SA)
  • in a wilderness protected area or zone declared under the Wilderness Protection Act 1992 (SA)
  • in an area declared under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 (SA)
  • in any other place, if the cat does not have the owner's name and phone number on a collar or microchip.

A person who is not an authorised officer who finds a cat in any of the above situations may seize the cat but must within twelve hours deliver it to a veterinary surgeon, cat management officer or the RSPCA, who may then destroy the cat. However, any person who finds a cat in a remote place that is more than one kilometre from any genuine residence may destroy the cat [Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 (SA) s 74].

Cats  :  Last Revised: Fri Apr 30th 2010
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