Problem Animals

If you would like to report an animal complaint or have found a stray cat or dog, please select from the list below to find the appropriate contact details and course of action.

Animal Emergencies

Please call 1300 292 442 for assistance with animal emergencies

Stray Animals

If you find a stray animal, the right thing to do is to surrender the animal to the animal shelter or a vet. This ensures the best effort can be made to determine the pet's ownership details in the shortest possible time by scanning for a microchip.

In addition, the Shelter offers a secure location for an animal that is often distressed, and has an unknown temperament. In most cases, the Shelter is the first place concerned pet owners will contact if they have lost a pet, again reducing any time in reuniting pets with their owners.

If you notify Council that you have a stray animal secured on your property, Wagga Wagga City Council will come and collect the animal and take it to the Animal Shelter.

The permanent identification and lifetime registration system, which came into effect on 1 July 1999, greatly assists authorities in returning lost and injured animals to their owners.

Barking Dog Complaints

If you have a complaint regarding your neighbour's dog  barking the following steps are recommended:

  • Approach the dog's owner and state your case  clearly and politely. Chances are they are unaware their dog's barking is  bothering you.
  • If the dog's owner is unapproachable or does not  agree that a problem exists, you can contact Community Justice on 1800 990 777,  or email them on cjc@justice.nsw.gov.au. This service is free,  confidential and voluntary.
  • If none of these methods work, contact Council's  Regulatory Services on 1300 292 442.

How does Council deal with barking dog complaints?

Council takes the following steps after receiving a complaint about a barking dog:

  • The owner is advised of the complaint and offer  advice on how to curb the dog's barking
  • If further complaints are received, a Noise  Monitor Sheet will be sent to the complainant
  • Once the sheet is returned to Council and shows  the dog's barking is still at an unacceptable level, a Nuisance Order may be  placed on the dog which stays in place for six months.
  • Should the dog continue to bark, Rangers may  issue penalty notices or issue orders to the value of $275.
  • Further non-compliance may see the owner of the  dog prosecuted by the local court (a request for the removal of the dog from  the property may be sought).

Nuisance Cat Complaints

If you have a complaint regarding your neighbour's cat, the  following steps are recommended:

  • Approach the cat's owner and state your case  clearly and politely. Chances are they are unaware of their cat's behaviour.
  • If the cat's owner is unapproachable or does not  agree that a problem exists, you can contact Community Justice on 1800 650 987,  or email them on cjc@justice.nsw.gov.au. This service is free,  confidential and voluntary.
  • If none of these methods work, contact Council's  Regulatory Services on 1300 292 442.

How does Council deal with a nuisance cat complaint?

Council takes the following steps after receiving a  complaint about a nuisance cat:

  • The owner is advised of the complaint and offer  advice on how to curb the cat's behaviour.
  • If further complaints are received, a Nuisance  Order may be placed on the cat which stays in place for six months.
  • Should the cat continue the nuisance behaviour,  Rangers may issue penalty notices to the value of $275.
  • Further non-compliance may see the owner of the  cat prosecuted by the local court (a request for the removal of the cat from  the property may be sought).
  • Council's Rangers do not collect straying cats,  but they will receive them at the Shelter.