Animals

Wandering dogs and cats

If an animal is wandering in your neighbourhood, or need advice on what to do about your neighbour's pet entering your property contact us for advice.

If you have found an animal wandering your neighbourhood, or need advice on what to do about your neighbour's dog or cat entering your property contact us for advice.

If you cannot locate the owner of a dog or cat walking around your neighbourhood, please contact us.

Customer Service
Ph: 8470 8888

Dogs and cats on your property

If a dog or cat enters your property without your permission on more than one occasion you can contact us for advice. Talk to the owner of the animal first, and explain your concerns, and allow the owner the chance to fix the problem.

Keep your gates, doors and windows secure to eliminate opportunities for the wandering animal. Don't leave food outside that might attract other people's pets.

Use products that are designed to keep animals away - seek advice from your local pet shop or nursery.

Cat nuisance

Whilst cats make wonderful companions for many people, not everybody enjoys their company. Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, cats must not trespass on private property without permission. Residents may trap unwanted cats found on their properties.

Council receives several cat nuisance complaints every week. Cats may cause nuisance by:

  • Damaging garden beds and children’s sandpits by toileting in them which can create health concerns
  • Cause unwanted noise and disturbance by mating and fighting with other cats and also leading to dogs barking
  • Breeding
  • Spraying offensively on doors, mats, furniture and other areas
  • Attacking and killing wildlife and domestic animals
  • Causing stress to resident animals
  • Aggravating people’s allergies

Tips to prevent unwanted cat visitors

If the issue is unable to be resolved by speaking to the cat’s owner (if known) or using cat safe deterrents, contact Council on (03) 8470 8888 to speak to one of our Customer Service staff. Council can provide humane cat traps to residents if required.

Unidentifiable or unregistered cats will be taken to the Epping Animal Welfare Facility. Release and registration fees apply. Penalties may also apply for unwanted trespass on private property (after first offence).