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Nuisances & Complaints

Dogs fightingCouncil receives a number of complaints from members of the public for several types of nuisances including:

Council advocates neighbours talking with each other where an animal is causing a nuisance, we do understand however that this may be difficult. Neighbours often get offended that they have not been approached about a nuisance as they are unaware that their animal is causing one. Below is some information that Southern Downs residents may find of assistance regarding animal nuisances.

Before making a complaint to Council you should consider:

  • Can I talk to my neighbour about the nuisance?
  • Can I write them a note about the nuisance?
  • Is anything that I am doing triggering the animal to cause the nuisance (ie a cat walking on the fence making a neighbours dog bark) and can I modify the surroundings to prevent the nuisance?
  • If you have taken steps to resolve the problem and have been unsuccessful, Council may become involved.

Dogs on Leash

Dogs must be on a leash at all times when being walked in public.

It is an offence for a dog to be in public and not be on a leash.

This is as per the Subordinate Local Law No.2 (Animal Management) 2011 (PDF 7.6MB)

Making a Complaint

You can make a complaint by contacting Council or lodging a request online. Please note that if it is urgent, or after business hours, you must call Council directly.


All animal complaints require that you provide the following information:

  • Your name and contact details
  • The type of complaints (barking dogs, dog attack, wandering animal etc.)
  • Date and time of the incident
  • Location of the incident
  • Type of animal(s)
  • Further information may be required depending on the type of complaint


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