Nuisance Animals

Beagle

Dogs

If dogs in your neighbourhood are causing problems or being a nuisance, these are the steps to take:

  • Talk to the dog's owner. The owner may not even be aware of the problem.
  • If you can't agree on a solution to the problem, contact the Council on 02 9366 3562 to lodge a complaint.
  • A Council Ranger will follow up on your complaint within 24 hours where possible.
  • Should the problem continue, the ranger can issue a nuisance order to the dog's owner, who may be fined between $275 and $880.

A dog is considered a nuisance if the dog:

  • is habitually at large
  • makes a noise that persistently occurs or continues to such a degree or extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person in any other premises
  • repeatedly defecates on property (other than a public place) outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept
  • repeatedly runs at or chases any person, animal (other than vermin) or vehicle
  • endangers the health of any person or animal (other than vermin)
  • repeatedly causes substantial damage to anything outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept.

We encourage you to report dog attacks and other problems, such as owners not following the rules.

Rangers and other Council staff regularly visit local parks, including designated off-leash areas, to make sure pets and people are doing the right thing.

We try to respond quickly to reports of incidents, and will investigate and take appropriate action where possible.

Cats

Under NSW law, cats are allowed to roam free but prohibited to roam in food preparation and consumption areas (within 10 metres). Rangers cannot simply pick up stray cats – they might be someone's pet. However, cats are considered a nuisance if the cat:

  • makes a noise that persistently occurs or continues to such a degree or extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person in any other premises
  • repeatedly damages anything outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept.

Rangers can only seize a cat in areas where they are prohibited, such as a wildlife protection area, commercial kitchen, restaurant or café. Rangers can also seize cats that have injured a person or another domestic animal.

Notify us if you see a cat in a prohibited area or an attack. Don't encourage stray cats to stay in your area and keep your garbage bin closed.

Issuing an Order to the owner of a nuisance animal

If a Council Ranger is satisfied that a dog or cat is causing nuisance, the officer may issue an order to the owner of the animal requiring the owner to prevent the behaviour that is alleged to constitute the nuisance.

The owner has 7 days after the date the notice is given in which to object to the proposed order. An order remains in force for 6 months after it is issued.

If nuisance is detected and infringements are issued on more than 5 occasions, Botany Bay Council will issue the owner of the dog with a Court Attendance Notice.

To make a complaint about a dog or any other domestic animal, contact the Council on 02 9366 3562.