Pets & animals

Councils help to ensure responsible pet ownership, and also manage nuisance and pest animals on public land. Local laws officers respond to a range of animal and pet concerns including collection of stray animals and investigation of complaints about animals.

Services provided by councils include:

  • Pet ownership: pet registration, off-lead areas and disposal bags, permits for keeping animals, micro chipping days
  • Animal shelters: pet adoption and reuniting lost pets with owners
  • Livestock permits
  • Control of pests and nuisance animals
  • Registering and monitoring of pet breeding businesses
  • Investigation of barking dogs, dog attacks and other animal complaints.

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