Companion Animals

At Wakool Shire Council you can contact our Compliance Team on 03 5453 3200 for advice and information regarding your animals.

If you own a cat or dog, the Companion Animals Act 1998 requires them to be microchipped and registered. For information on REGISTERING YOUR ANIMAL please follow the link to our Registrations Page.

Council also encourages owners to de-sex their pets. See our fact sheet here.

Council on 03 5453 3200 if you need to:

  • report dog attacks 
  • enquire about your lost cat or dog 
  • report an animal you've found 
  • report animal cruelty

If a barking dog in your neighbourhood is causing a problem for you, try talking to the dog owner first if possible. You can then contact council to lodge a complaint in regards to the issue.


Information for you as a pet owner

The NSW Division of Local Government cats and dogs webpage lists NSW regulations applying to pet ownership and has useful information on topics including:  

  • barking dogs
  • dog attacks 
  • information for breeders
  • responsible pet ownership, including desexing your pet
  • restricted and dangerous dog breeds.

Click here for their Companion Animals brochures.

On-the-spot fines apply under the Companion Animals Act 1998 for:          

  • Unleashed dog in a public place 
  • Dog not wearing a collar and ID tag in public 
  • Animal not permanently identified/microchipped 
  • Selling an animal not permanently identified 
  • Animal not registered 
  • Failure to remove faeces
  • Not notifying change in registration ID
  • Dog or cat in a prohibited place (including school/preschool/kindergarten grounds, shopping centres, public bathing areas including beaches, food preparation areas, sporting fields, playgrounds and wildlife protection areas)
  • Owning a dog that attacks

There are also heavy fines for dogs that are declared dangerous or restricted. 


  •  should be contained inside or in a cat run, particularly at night, to restrict roaming and potential nuisance to neighbours
  • should wear a collar with name, address where it resides and the owner's contact number 
  • should have a bell attached to their collar to help reduce their threat to birds


  •  need daily exercise for at least half an hour, such as a walk on a lead.  
  •  should be trained from a young age, to help reduce nuisance barking and increase their socialisation skills.


Local dog obedience classes are available, visit their Facebook page here: