Complaints about pets

Most complaints we get are about barking and roaming dogs or roaming cats.


Barking Dogs can seriously disturb neighbours over quite a large area.

Dogs can also be a nuisance if they're allowed to roam. They can damage property and gardens and attack or chase people, animals and vehicles.

We also get complaints about dog poo - from roaming dogs or dogs whose owners ignore their responsibility to pick it up, on paths and in parks and other public places.

What can you do?

  • If you're concerned about barking, roaming or other nuisance behaviour, first speak to the dog's owner as they may not realise that their pet is creating a nuisance. If there is no amicable solution, contact us.
  • If that doesn’t work, complete our noise diary log sheet for barking dogs for 10 days and send the completed form to If there is no amicable solution, contact us.
  • Report dog attacks on people or other animals to us or Albury Police.
  • If you suspect that a dog or cat is being mistreated, please contact the RSPCA.


Unlike dogs where it is an offence for them to roam, there are no requirements under the Companion Animals Act 2008 for cats to be contained within their property. However, it is part of being a responsible pet owner and Council encourages owners to take measures to contain their cat within their yard.

Cats can live a happy, healthy life indoors or contained in their property.
If a neighborhood cat is creating a nuisance for you, Council encourages people to speak to the owner first to try and resolve the problem.  If you can’t come to a resolution with your neighbour, contact Council and discuss further. If a cat is damaging property, killing wildlife or creating a nuisance such as noise, spraying or fighting with other cats, Council Rangers can speak with the cat owner. In some circumstances, Council Rangers can issue an Order requiring them to address the problem.

Where a cat habitually wanders from their owner’s property, there is little compliance action Council Rangers can take however can they provide advice and information to the owner.

What can you do?

  • If a cat is causing a nuisance on your property, first speak to its owner if you can, as they may not know about the cats behaviour.
  • If you don't know who owns the cat, you can contact us to discuss further.