Pet problems and owner responsibility

As a pet owner, it is your responsibility to make sure your pet is not a nuisance to your neighbours.

Problems with dogs

Barking dogs

Constant barking from a dog can cause all sorts of problems for dog owners and their neighbours.

Find out more about how we can help with barking dogs.

Disobedient dogs

Dog obedience is a great way to socialise your dog and meet people with a common interest.

Local dog obedience clubs and services

There are several dog obedience clubs in and around Banyule:

Dog attacks

Dog owners must control and confine their dogs. There is a heavy penalty if your dog rushes someone. If your dog has attacked and caused serious injury or death, you may be taken to court, and your dog may be either destroyed or declared as being dangerous.

If you or your animal/s have been attacked by a dog, report it to Banyule City Council on 9490 4222. We will ask you to make a statement then we will decide if we issue a fine, or go to court.

Complaints about cats

If you have an issue with cats, please contact us and log a complaint.

For information on how to prevent your cat from becoming a nuisance please contact the Cat Protection Society or contact our rangers.

Desexing your cats and dogs

By desexing your animals, you avoid unwanted young being born. It can also help to calm aggressive animals and reduce their tendency to wander.

Discounted pet de-sexing for pensioners

If you are a pensioner or have a health care card, you are eligible for discounted pet desexing.

We give you an Australian Veterinary Desexing voucher, which you present to your vet when organising to desex your pet. It entitles you to a discounted desexing fee, which is accepted by the majority of the vets within Banyule.

Vouchers are valid for one month from the date of issue.

You can have your pet desexed at:

Free cat desexing

Council runs a free cat desexing program twice a year.

Open to all Banyule residents, this program helps reduce Banyule’s stray cat population, and protects our native bird and animal population.

To register on our waiting list please contact our Customer Service team on 9490 4222.

Contact us

For more information, please call our Animal Management team on 9490 4222.