Nuisance animals

It is an offence under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 for your animal to cause a nuisance to others.

Barking dogs

A dog that barks continually can be a nuisance to other residents. The dog's behaviour may be a sign of boredom, loneliness, or of a need for exercise or food. If a neighbour’s barking dog bothers you, please contact Council to report this.

Please obtain the exact address that the dog/s reside, the times and the duration that the barking occurs. This will help the Animal Management Officer to resolve the matter.

Roaming animals

Owners of a dog found wandering outside the owner's property, or a cat trapped in another person's property may be fined.

If your cat wanders onto another person's property more than once it may be seized and taken to the Lost Dogs Home in North Melbourne .

To help keep your cat safe at home it's a good idea to microchip and tag it with your contact details. It is also important to keep your cat indoors at night

You can also report owners who:

  • do not comply with on and off lead rules
  • do not clean up after their dog
  • do not comply with domestic animal restrictions
  • ldo not ook after their pets well
  • feed or encourage the presence of feral or stray animals.

To report


For wildlife issues, please contact the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning or call them on 13 61 86