Under section 11(1) of the Companion Animals Act 1998, the owner of an identified companion animal (whether or not it is registered) must notify the Director-General when any of the following happens:
When you purchase a companion animal or have been given a companion animal, ensure that the previous owner or breeder sends the local Council a signed and completed Change of Ownership Form.
For peace of mind, Council recommends that you contact Council to ensure that the details are changed and as much information is provided in the event your pet goes missing or is stolen. The more information and contact details available on the Companion Animals Register will increase the chances your pet will be returned to you.
If you sell or give away a companion animal, it is your responsibility as the 'old owner' to update the new owner's details on the Companion Animals Register at your local Council, otherwise penalties may apply.
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