Tas Animal Welfare Legislation


Tasmania's Animal Welfare Acts are managed by the Department of Primary Industries, Water, Parks and Environment. Visit their website for more information about their responsibilities.

Please familiarise yourself with the laws relevant to your state. In particular, note the rules governing the minimum holding times for animals that can end up in pounds.

DOG CONTROL ACT 2000

Part 3, Division 4, Section 35 - Seizure and detention of dogs at large

  1. If a dog is seized and its owner is identifiable, the general manager is to notify in writing the owner of the dog that -
    1. the dog has been seized and detained; and
    2. the owner may reclaim the dog.
  1. If, after 5 working days after the notice has been given to the owner, the owner does not reclaim the dog, the general manager may sell, destroy or otherwise dispose of the dog.
  2. If a dog is seized and its owner is not identifiable, the general manager, not less than 3 working days after its seizure, may -
    1. sell, destroy or otherwise dispose of the dog if it is not a dangerous dog or a restricted breed dog.


Ban all puppy farms.