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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.
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.
All owners are required to be responsible 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.
If the above circumstances apply, Council provides residents with cat traps to place in their yard for a $100 refundable deposit. The hirer is required to regularly check the trap, and should an animal be caught, contact Council for arrangements to have the cat transported to Council’s pound. Trapped cats that are microchipped and registered will, in most cases, be returned to their owner.In circumstances where the health and welfare of a cat is the issue, the most appropriate authority to contact is the RSPCA.