Lost, Found & Wandering Pets
Important Information about Keeping Your Pet Safe During COVID-19
Stray and Wandering Dogs
Your dog must be kept secure on your property; it is an offence to allow dogs to wander. On the spot fines may be issued to people who disregard the law. Wandering pets are at risk of being killed/injured on roads and generally they create a nuisance; they may attack or menace people and animals. Dogs which stray on to farm land are at risk of being destroyed, whether or not they are attacking stock.
Stray, Semi-owned and Feral Cats
During the warmer months especially, non desexed cats will be marauding, fighting and breeding. Animal shelters are full of stray or abandoned cats and kittens. Very few of these animals are ever reclaimed or rehoused. Cats which are allowed to roam at night may attack wildlife and also at risk of being injured through fights with other animals or they may be killed or injured on the road.
Do not ignore stray, semi owned or feral cats. Please contact Council Officers for assistance before stray, semi owned or feral cats in your area breed up to become an even bigger problem.
Lost and Found Pets
If your dog or cat is missing please contact Council Officers to file a description as soon as possible. Sometimes we are able to match up lost and found animals before it becomes necessary to impound a pet.
Upon impoundment, animals are costly to recover; they must be microchipped and registered (if this is not current) and fees paid before they are released. Impounded animals are kept for 8 days at which time they are assessed by a veterinarian and depending on their adoption suitability, they are either sold or euthanised.