Pets and Animals FAQ's

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Do the neighbours have to keep their cat on their own yard?
To minimise disruption to your neighbours, always keep your cat confined to your premises and inside at night. The owner of any cat must keep the cat indoors between sunset and sunrise.  Cats that are kept inside at night generally live much longer than cats that are allowed outside.  Around 80% of accidents involving cats occur at night. Confining your cat at night will minimise the risk of injury and prevent it from fighting and wandering onto neighbouring properties. Importantly, it also ensures your cat cannot kill or injure native wildlife.  

Do I have to control my dog’s barking?
As a dog owner, it is your responsibility to ensure that your dog does not create a nuisance by barking. Your neighbours can complain if your dog is often noisy or disturbs the peace unreasonably.  A Council officer will discuss the problem with you and offer advice on what you can do about it.  If the problem continues Council can prosecute and you may be fined.


How do I register my dog or cat?
Dog and cat registration renewal forms are sent to animal owners in March each year and all registrations must be renewed by 10 April each year.

Tags are sent out with the renewal notices, however the registration is not valid until payment is received.
Registration fees and an application form are available on Council’s website by clicking HERE

Where can I walk my dog off leash?
All dogs when being walked in a public place such as a park, footpath or road, must be on a leash at all times.  Council has designated reserves in the urban area of Wangaratta where dogs may be exercised off a leash.

The reserves are:
- Willow Drive Reserve, Wangaratta
- One Mile Creek adjacent to Rattray Avenue, Wangaratta
- Native bushland at rear of Barr Reserve, Wangaratta

Click here to see a map of the reserves listed above.

It is essential to clean up dog litter while exercising a dog anywhere. It is an offence to not carry a bag or other means to clean up dog litter.
How many animals can I have?
Without a permit a person in a residential area MUST NOT keep more than:
- two dogs;
- two cats;
- two rabbits;
- five domestic birds; and
- three poultry.

Other animals may be permitted on properties of more than 1000 square metres. Please contact Council’s Customer Service team to enquire. A permit can be obtained from Council’s Customer Service team. Standard fees and conditions apply.

Last Updated: 11-05-2017

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