At Wakool Shire Council you can contact our Compliance Team on 03 5453 3200 for advice and information regarding your animals.
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:https://www.facebook.com/JacquisDogObedience