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Wollongong City Council

Animal Issues

We act to make sure people follow NSW laws about pets and animals.

The Companion Animals Act covers most household pets. There are also development rules about how other animals like chickens, pigeons, bees and livestock can be kept.

Pick from the options below to report an animal issue to Council.

Dogs

If your neighbour’s dog is barking and disturbing you, talk to your neighbour if you can. They might not know there’s a problem, especially if the dog barks when they’re not home.

If you can’t talk to your neighbour, or if that doesn't help, report it using the button below.

We’ll let the owner know there’s been a complaint and give them advice to reduce barking.

In most cases we'll start an investigation if we get a complaint from more than one neighbour.

Please note, you will be asked to log in or create an account to report this issue online.

If you find a dog that appears to be stray or roaming, you can:

  • Try to secure the dog in your yard or home if you can do this safely.
  • If the dog has a tag, try to phone the owner so they can pick it up. This saves having to contact Council or take the dog to an animal shelter.
  • Take the dog to the RSPCA Animal Shelter or a vet.

If you can’t get the dog back to its owner, or to a vet or shelter, call us on (02) 4227 7111 or use the button below to report it to us.

Please note, you will be asked to log in or create an account to report an issue online.

If a dog attack is happening right now, call us on (02) 4227 7111 or call the Police on 131 444.

If a dog attacks a person or other animal, you should report it to us immediately so we can act as soon as possible.

You’ll need to include your full name, contact phone number and as many details as you can about the attack.

Call us on (02) 4227 7111 or use the button below to report a dog attack.

Please note, you will be asked to log in or create an account to report an issue online.

You can report a dog that is behaving aggressively, or that you think might be dangerous.

Use the button below or call us on (02) 4227 7111.

Please note, you will be asked to log in or create an account to report an issue online.

You can read about rules that dog owners need to follow on our Dogs page.

Use the button below or call us on (02) 4227 7111 to report misbehaviour by a dog or its owner.

This could include things like a dog being off leash in public, or being in an area where dogs aren’t allowed.

Please note, you will be asked to log in or create an account to report an issue online.

If your dog goes missing, check with neighbours, nearby vets, or call the RSPCA Shelter on (02) 4271 3410.

You need to tell us if your dog is missing for more than 72 hours. Call us on (02) 4227 7111.

We can mark them as missing on the pet register, so you can be contacted if they’re found. This can also stop someone else from claiming ownership of your dog.

Cats

It’s not illegal for cats to roam, but if a stray or roaming cat is making excessive noise or damaging property, you can report it to Council.

Use the link below or call us on (02) 4227 7111.

Please note, you will be asked to log in or create an account to report an issue online.

If you’ve found a stray cat, you can also take it to a vet or the RSPCA Shelter.

Other animal issues

If you find a dead animal on public land, report it to us on (02) 4227 7111 or use the button below.

Please note, you will be asked to log in or create an account to report an issue online.

Dead animals on private land

We do not handle dead animals on private property.

If you have a large dead animal like a deer, horse or cow on your property, you will need to arrange it to be taken to our Waste Depot at Kembla Grange for disposal. Waste disposal fees apply. Call us on (02) 4227 7111 ahead of time so our waste staff can prepare for your arrival.

If you believe animals like chickens, pigs, pigeons, horses, goats or other livestock are not being kept properly, use the button below to report it.

Please note, you will be asked to log in or create an account to report an issue online.

We have a limited role in dealing with pest animals like deer, rabbits, foxes and Indian myna birds.

We don’t take action in most pest animal cases, but by reporting problems you can help us track pest activity. We share this information with other government agencies and may use it to plan new control programs.

Please note, you will be asked to log in or create an account to report an issue online.

You should never approach an injured deer, as they can be dangerous.

  • If an injured deer is creating an immediate danger to public safety, call the Police on 000.
  • If the injured deer is on public land and is not causing an immediate danger, call Council on (02) 4227 7111 or report it to us using the link below

Please note, you will be asked to log in or create an account to report an issue online.

Call us on (02) 4227 7111 or use the button below if you find a roaming animal that’s not a cat or a dog.

Please note, you will be asked to log in or create an account to report an issue online.

Below are contacts for animal issues that are not handled by Council.

  • Animal cruelty: contact the RSPCA
  • Dog left in a car: if the owner can’t be found straight away, call the Police on 131 444 or RSPCA NSW on 1300 278 3589
  • Export of Australian greyhounds: see the RSPCA's website
  • Injured or orphaned wildlife: contact WIRES on 1300 094 737. If you’re in or south of the CBD you can also contact Wildlife Rescue South Coast on 0418 427 214
  • Livestock roaming on private land: contact Local Land Services South East