Animal ownership

Walking dogBeing a responsible owner to your animals is about understanding their needs and your responsibilities to the community. Your animal's health, your children’s safety, your neighbours’ and your community’s wellbeing are largely dependent on you.

Shire Rangers are responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Western Australian Dog Act 1976 and the Cat Act 2011.  This includes investigating complaints, providing public education and awareness, and the issue of infringement notices or instigation of prosecutions for non-compliance or breaches.

The Department of Local Government website provides comprehensive resources to help owners understand their responsibilities in relation to owning a dog or a cat.

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Contact the Shire

Postal Address

PO Box 61
Margaret River WA 6285

Margaret River

41 Wallcliffe Road
Monday to Friday
Ph 08 9780 5255
Fax 08 9757 2512


66 Allnut Terrace
Monday to Friday
9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm
Ph 08 9780 5255


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