Pet problems and impounding

Pet problems and impounding
Dogs at the pound
Read about your requirements as a responsible pet owner. Pet Problems Impounding canterbury bankstown As a responsible pet owner, there are a number of things that you must do. If you don't control your animals adequately, you can run into trouble!  


​​​​​​​The Companion Animals Act ensures safety for all when it comes to domestic animals. The law is strict on dog attacks, restricted, dangerous and menacing dogs, and nuisance animals.

Problem dogs

All owners are required to be responsible dog owners

You may be issued with a penalty notice or initiate court action by Council or the police if your dogs are not controlled properly. 

This includes excessive barking​,  and you may even be found responsible if your dog attacks or injures another person.

Problem cats

All owners are required to be responsi​ble cat owners.

Cats can sometimes be noisy, damage property and even kill or injure wildlife. It's important that you are vigilant. 

Under the NSW Government’s Companion Animals Act, cats are considered to have no boundaries and are free to roam. Due to this, councils are only able to seize stray cats if they are in a public place prohibited under the Act (i.e food preparation/consumption area or wildlife protection area), or it is necessary for the protection of a person or animal from injury or death.

In circumstances where the health and welfare of a cat is the issue, the most appropriate authority to contact is the RSPCA.


If a dog is causing a problem, off-leash, stray or lost, it will be taken to the Council pound.
You have limited time to collect your animal, and there is a fee for release. 



Many animal problems can be solved between neighbours, and this should be your first step.
For more information, or to report a problem, stray or nuisance animal, contact Council’s Customer Service Centre on 9707 9000. ​
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