Animal Control

Responsible pet ownership

Owning a dog can provide significant benefits to not only to you, but also the community in which you live. Responsible pet ownership is rewarding and the Shire encourages responsible pet ownership including

Keeping your dog under control and out of the pound

Ensure your dog is not able to roam freely. If found roaming, your dog will be impounded, and you will need to contact the Shire Office during working hours or the Duty Ranger. 

Fees are imposed on all impounded animals and are payable to the Shire before the release of the dog. Dogs can be released Monday to Friday 8am to 4pm. 

Please call the Ranger Duty phone 0407 382 079 7am-5pm Saturday and Sunday.

Unidentified Dogs impounded for more than 72 hours may be re-homed or euthanised. Fees apply for impounded dogs, in addition to a daily sustenance fee.  

Please note all dogs are required to be registered with the Shire prior to release.

Exercise Your Dog

A healthy and fit dog is a happy dog. The Shire provides open spaces for exercising dogs at Cable Beach, Riddell Beach and Entrance Point.

Whilst in these exercise areas, dogs must be under control and the owner or handler must carry a leash. Please note that the Shire Ovals and Recreation Grounds are not dog exercise areas. Dogs are prohibited on Cable Beach between the Surf Club and 1km north of the rocks, the Cable Beach Reserve and Town Beach reserve.  If your dog is not in a specified exercise area it must be on a leash at all times. Dog owners must remove any faeces left by the dog. "Poo pouches" are available from the Shire Offices and various exercise areas.

Protect Others from Dog Attacks

Dog attacks are a serious offence carrying with them substantial penalties. Ensure your dog is fully restrained at home and is on a leash and under control at all times when in public.  

Any dog deemed to be a dangerous dog by Shire Rangers are required to adhere to strict guidelines to ensure the safety of the community. Offences under the Dog Act for a Dangerous Dog carry a heavier fines.

Dog Registration

Under the Dog Act 1976, all dogs over three months of age are to be registered with the Shire in the name of a person over the age of 18 years.

The registration period is from 1 November to 31 October and the length of registration available is one year, three years or lifetime.

Download the Dog Registration Form(PDF, 282KB) - Fees payable are listed on the form. (Online forms coming soon)

Discounts apply for pensioners.  Subsidies are available to pensioners to assist in the sterilisation of a dog or cat. Contact the Shire office for further details.

Microchipping

The Dog Act 1976 and Dog Regulations 1976 require that:

  • All dogs being registered for the first time with the Shire must be microchipped prior to registration.
  • Any dog that is transferred to another owner within the Shire must be microchipped.
  • All dangerous dogs, including restricted breeds and commercial security dogs, must be microchipped.

By 1 November 2015

  • All other dogs already registered with the Shire need to be microchipped.
  • Please contact your local veterinarian for costs associated with microchipping.  

Pensioners receive a 50% discount. Subsidies are available to pensioners to assist in the sterilisation of a dog or cat. Conditions apply. Contact the Shire offices for further details.

Control Your Dog and Keep it Out of the Pound

Ensure your dog is not able to roam freely. Should it be found roaming, your dog will be impounded. Should you have reason to believe that your dog may have been impounded, contact the Shire Office during working hours or the Duty Ranger.

Fees are imposed on all impounded animals and are payable to the Shire before the release of the dog. Dogs can only be released Monday to Friday during office hours. Dogs impounded for more than 72 hours may be euthanised. Fees apply for impounded dogs, in addition to a daily sustenance fee.

Exercise Your Dog

A healthy and fit dog is a happy dog. The Shire provides open spaces for exercising dogs at Cable Beach, Riddell Beach and Entrance Point.

Whilst in these exercise areas, dogs must be under control and the owner or handler must carry a leash. Please note that the Shire Ovals and Recreation Grounds are not dog exercise areas. Dogs are prohibited on Cable Beach between the Surf Club and 1km north of the rocks, the Cable Beach Reserve and Town Beach. If your dog is not in a specified exercise area it must be on a leash at all times.

Dog owners must remove any faeces left by the dog. "Poo pouches" are available from the Shire Offices and various exercise areas.

Protect Others from Dog Attacks

Dog attacks are a serious offence carrying with them substantial penalties, so please ensure your dog is fully restrained at home and is on a leash at all times when in public.