Lost & impounded
Animal Services officers have the right to seize and impound any wandering dog. Check the following information about what to do if you find or lose a dog, and impounding costs.
If your animal is uncontrolled in a public place, is found to be unregistered, or is creating noise that’s causing distress it could be impounded.
We do our best to contact an animal's owner within a day, and during normal business hours, we're often able to do it much quicker than that. Then arrangements are made for the impounded animal to be collected and any outstanding fees to be paid.
During weekends and public holidays, we offer a reduced service with set times when animals can be collected. If your animal has been impounded we'll try to get in touch with you ahead of our 9.00-10.00am and 4.00-5.00pm collection periods.
If the animal has no identification, our Animal Management team will impound it for seven days after which it becomes the property of Council.
These fees are also set so they're in line with the local government cost index. Impounding has occurred when an animal is confined to an Animal Management Officer’s vehicle or impounded.
Seizure has occurred when a notice of seizure has been served on the animal owner or placed at the animal owner's property.
No dogs or stock will be released without payment of all outstanding impoundment fees.