Problem animals

Dogs

If you have a complaint regarding your neighbours dog barking the following steps are recommended:

  • Approach the dog's owner and state your case clearly and politely. Chances are they are unaware their dog's barking is bothering you.
     
  • If the dog's owner is unapproachable or does not agree that a problem exists, you can contact Community Justice - this service is free, confidential and voluntary.

​​​If none of these methods work, and the dog continues to cause a nuisance complete the complaint form and diary (go to "Forms" below) and email us.

Cats

If you have a complaint regarding your neighbours cat the following steps are recommended:

  • Approach the cat's owner and state your case clearly and politely. Chances are they are unaware their cat is bothering you.
     
  • If the cat's owner is unapproachable or does not agree that a problem exists, you can contact Community Justice or email us - this service is free, confidential and voluntary.

It is to be noted however, under the provisions of the Companion Animals Act 1998 cats within New South Wales are considered to have no boundaries and are free to roam. Due to this freedom we are unable to actively patrol with a view of seizing stray cats, and it is often difficult to determine someone's pet from a stray or homeless cat.

Stray Animals

If you find a stray animal, the right thing to do is to surrender the animal to the animal shelter or vet. This ensures the best effort can be made to determine the pet's ownership details in the shortest possible time by scanning for a microchip.

In addition the shelter offers a secure location for an animal that is often distressed, and has an unknown temperament. In most cases, the shelter is the first place concerned pet owners will contact if they have lost a pet, again reducing any time in reuniting pets with their owners.

You can contact us if you have a stray animal secured on your property, and a Ranger will come and collect the animal and take it to the animal shelter.

The permanent identification and lifetime registration system which came into effect on 1 July 1999, greatly assists authorities in returning lost and injured animals to their owners.

Related information

Companion Animals Act 1998
Community Justice