Animals and Pets

Pets are a popular addition to many households throughout the Shire and there are plenty of good reasons to own pets, including the related social and health benefits as well as the companionship they provide.

Pet ownership comes with many responsibilities and it is important you understand how to care for your pet correctly to ensure it stays safe, healthy and does not become a nuisance to other residents.

The Office of Local Government has information about various Acts related to Companion Animals

Office of Local Government Website | Companion Animals Act | Impounding Act


Companion Animal Compliance Check

Council records indicate there are a high number of unregistered cats and dogs in the Shire, which would also suggest there are a large number of unidentified companion animals as well.

Within the community there is often a misunderstanding between Lifetime Identified and Lifetime Registered, with many under the misconception that Lifetime Identified means that their animal is Registered.

Lifetime Identified is when an animal has been microchipped by a vet or certified implanter. Under law, this is required by 12 weeks of age, and allows the animal to be identified to a certain individual and address.

Lifetime Registration is required by all NSW Councils. This is to be completed by 6 months of age. The cost of registration can vary, and there are exemptions for some working dogs and incentives for animals that have been de-sexed.

In light of this information, Councils Ranger will be undertaking a doorknock right across the shire, to check for compliance under the Companion Animals Act 1998. While this is a massive task, it will allow residents to ask questions and update their details, while helping Council to update the NSW Companion Animal Register in relation to deceased animals and animals that are no longer at identified address. The doorknock will be commencing prior to Christmas 2017.

If your companion animal requires a Lifetime identification (microchip), this can be carried out by Councils Ranger. This service is by appointment only, and a small fee is charged.

Registrations can be completed or updated at the Local Shire Offices, or online at

Please feel free to contact Council on 02-69 205 305 if you require any further information.

Companion Animal Register

Control and registration of dogs and cats

The Companion Animals Act 1998 and the Companion Animals Regulation 2008 provide for the identification and registration of dogs and cats...

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Impound Fees

Domestic and stock animals including cattle, sheep, horses and goats must be kept under control to ensure they do not cause damage to property or endanger life if straying along roadsides.

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Dog Attacks and Stock on Road

Dog attacks and stock wandering onto roads can happen at any time day or night. These incidents should be reported immediately if they fall within the following guidelines.

Dog Attacks.   A person or animal has been attacked or seriously threatened, the incident has just happened and offending dog is still in area or is continuing to pose a threat.

Roaming Stock If stock have wandered onto a frequently used road and are posing a risk to motorists.

These incidents can be reported at any time by phoning Councils Offices on  69-205-305 at any time where you will be given relevant options. These incidents should also be reported to the Police Assistance Line on 131-444 or your local police station. In all life threatening or emergency situations call 000.

All other requests should be directed to Council during normal working hours.