Stray Animals

Stray Animals 

The Companion Animals Act 1998 requires that your dog must be adequately contained on your property.

If your dog is in a public place and not in a designated off leash area, it must be under the effective control of some competent person by means of an adequate chain, cord or leash that is attached to the dog and that is being held (or secured to) the person.

Any person (including Councils Rangers) can seize a dog that is in a public place and is not under the effective control of a competent person. Should the owner of the dog be present only a Ranger may seize the animal should the owner not comply with the above requirements.

Any dog, which is seized by a member of the public, is required to return the animal to its owner (if the owner is known) or contact Council to make arrangements for it to be transported to the Small Animal Pound. 

I've Found a Lost Dog or Cat?

In accordance with the NSW Companion Animals Act, 1998, if you find a lost animal you are required to deliver it to a Council shelter, pound or vet within 72 hours. The owner may be looking for the animal and therefore Council needs to check the microchip and contact the owner. Local vets can check the microchip and contact the owner or, if not microchipped, they will contact Council for collection. 

Council may collect cats by request, if they are appropriately contained.

Seized Dogs and Cats

Council will house straying animals for 14 days, if the owner of that animal can be identified. If the owner cannot be identified, Council will house the straying animal for 7 days. If the animal is not claimed within these time periods, facility staff endeavour to sell the animal or re-home it, however if unsuccessful, the animal may be euthanised.

Owners releasing a seized animal will be required to pay a release fee and maintenance fees for the keeping and sustenance of that animal.

All dogs and cats released, must be microchipped and lifetime registered.

For enquiries on lost animals, please contact Council's Small Animal Pound on 6333 6190 between 12.30 pm and 2.00pm weekdays.

After Hours

Council's after hours service is only available for emergency situations involving a dangerous or restricted breed dog roaming, straying animals or where a dog attack has occurred. Should you require assistance please contact (02) 6334 2795 or the local Police who will contact Council's After Hours Service if they require assistance.

I've Lost My Dog or Cat

If you have lost your dog or cat, please contact the Small Animal Pound as soon as possible. If we do not yet have your pet impounded, we can take your details and contact you if it does end up being impounded. Social media can also be very effective and there are a number of lost and found pets Facebook pages for the Bathurst area. We regularly post animals that have been impounded but please do not rely on these posts only as not all animals are included. 


Should you find livestock roaming free or in a dangerous place please contact Council on (02) 6333 6111 during business hours. If outside of business hours please contact Council’s After Hours Service on (02) 6334 2795 or the local Police.