Nuisance or problem dogs are dealt with according to the NSW Companion Animals Act.
If you are having problems because of excessive barking or wandering dogs you can contact Council's Ranger during normal business hours using the contact details below.
Council suggest however that you first approach the owner of the dog, as he or she may not be aware that the nuisance exists. In most cases owners want to do the right thing and will co-operate. If unsuccessful, Council's Ranger will investigate the problem and take appropriate action.
Dogs bark for a number of reasons, however regardless of the cause, it results in a nuisance to the neighbours and usually has a serious effect on the quality of life for those affected, that is the comfort of people living in the vicinity of the dog. Barking is one of the ways in which a dog communicates. In some instances constant barking may indicate a problem with a dogs health or happiness.
If your dog is a constant barker you should consult your local vet. If diet and insufficient exercise are ruled out as the cause, consider an anti-bark collar which can be obtained from Council for a maximum two (2) week period. There is a fee (bond) for the loan of this collar.
Exercise alone will not stop a dog from barking, but it may provide an active release for its energy. Obedience training also allows the opportunity of socialisation with other dogs and people, which is an important element in a dog's life.
What is a Nuisance Dog?
A nuisance dog is one that:
a) is habitually at large (ie roaming); or
b) makes a noise, by barking, etc, that peristently 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; or
c) repeatedly defecates on property outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept; or
d) repeatedly runs at or chases any person, animal (other than vermin) or vehicle; or
e) endangers the health of any person or animal (other than vermin); or
f) repeatedly causes substantial damage to anything outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept.
What can Council do about Nuisance Dogs?
If the Council's Ranger or other authorised officer/s of Council is satisfied that a dog is a nuisance, the officer can issue an order to the owner of the dog requiring the owner to prevent the behaviour that is alleged to constitute the nuisance. For this to occur incidents must be reported to the Council by the person who believes a dog is a nuisance as soon as possible so that it may be investigated. A report will not necessarily result in an order being issued, as additional evidence over a period of time may be required to demonstrate the nuisance is not a one off occurrence. Failure to comply with an order may result in fines and/or summons to court.