In the first instance, we encourage neighbours to discuss and attempt to resolve neighbourhood conflicts, including wandering pets. It is common that owners are unaware of the nuisance their animal/s are causing.
If you are not comfortable talking to your neighbour or you don't know where the animal lives, contact Council on 1300 69 22 47. We can potentially:
- Capture and impound the cat or dog incurring impound fees
- Issue large fines
- Issue a compliance notice to the owner to contain the animal securely.
You can report a wandering animal by phone on 1300 69 22 47, in person at Council's Customer Service Centres or online.
What is wandering?
A dog or cat is considered to be wandering, or straying at large, if it is outside the owner's property and NOT under the effective control of a responsible person. Effective control means that the animal is accompanied by a person that the dog or cat will respond to through verbal or physical command, or is on a lead.
Wandering animals are more likely to attack other animals and wildlife, or be injured themselves. It is the pet owner's responsibility to ensure their animal doesn't wander.
A well maintained fence or enclosure is a great precaution against wandering.
You can also consider a secure kennel or cage if your animal is prone to wandering at night.