Stray animals


According to the Companion Animals Act 1998, dogs must be effectively contained on the owner's property and under the control of someone when in a public place.

If your dog is in a public place and not in a designated off leash area, it must be under the control of an owner or person by means of a suitable chain, cord or leash secured to the animal.

Be mindful that dogs that have strayed from their owner or home can be picked up by any person. This includes in a public place where the owner may be present but fails to comply with the above requirements - a Council Ranger may seize the dog.

Any dog picked up by a member of the public is required to be returned to its owner (if the owner is known) or contact Council for it to be transported to an Animal Holding Facility. Any person who seizes a dog and does not return it to its owner or notify Council is guilty of an offence, which may incur a fine.

To find out what to do if you lose your dog, visit our dogs page.


Council does not seize or supply resources to trap stray, feral or roaming cats.

Council does not have regulatory powers to restrict roaming cats, unless clear evidence is available that shows that noise from the cat is causing a nuisance or the cat is damaging a neighbours property or wildlife.

To find out what to do if you lose your cat, visit our cats page.