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Roaming Cats and Dogs

Pets must be confined to the owner's property at all times and are not allowed to roam. When outside of your property, your pet may be stolen, injured, poisoned or killed. It could also injure another person or animal. Roaming animalsa are a nuisance and it is the responsibility of the owner to ensure their pets do not roam off their property.

Roaming Cats

Resolving roaming cat disputes

If you have an issue with a neighbouring cat on your property, try to discuss with the cat owner first. Council has developed a letterbox drop style of form which you may wish to use to communicate the issue of the nuisance cat to your neighbour.

Simply print out the Roaming Cats Neighbour Handout fill in your details (this is optional) and place in your neighbour's letterbox.

To make a request for a Council Officer to investigate cats roaming from an identified property, report it online via MyIpswich or contact Council on (07) 3810 6666 with the necessary information including location, address and a description of the roaming cat/s.  A photograph is very helpful in identifying roaming cats.

Cat traps

Council provides cat traps free-of-charge to residents of Ipswich, for the purpose of assisting with cats that may be roaming onto their property. Traps are available for a period of 7 working days - fees will apply if the trap is not returned by the due date. Order online via MyIpswich or contact Council on (07) 3810 6666. A Council Officer will contact you when a trap becomes available. Council officers will provide you with advice on your obligations if you trap a cat.

If your cat is lost

If your cat is lost, check the Impounded Animals Register. It is important to visit the Ipswich Pound and Animal Management Centre in person to check whether your pet has been impounded.  It is sometimes difficult for others to identify a cat from a description as many cats look alike.

There are also many community online resources which may assist you in locating a lost pet. These are particularly helpful in the case of cats as they may hide and are not as visible as dogs. The RSPCA also has tips for finding your pet.

Release fees apply to cats impounded at the Animal Management Centre. You may send a representative if you are unable to attend the pound to release your cat, however your representative will need to produce photo ID.


Roaming Dogs

Dogs must be confined to the owner's property at all times - dogs are not allowed to roam. it is your responsibility to ensure your dog is adequately contained and supervised at all times. Remember, your dog may behave differently when roaming. Roaming dogs can be a nuisance and present a threat to community safety, for example most dog attacks reported to Council involve a roaming incident.

Reporting a roaming dog

If you see a roaming dog, check if it has a red Council registration tag or any other identification that may help identify the owner.

If you are unable to locate the owner, you can report the roaming online via MyIpswich or contact Council on (07) 3810 6666 with the necessary information including location, address, breed (if known) and colour of the roaming dog/s. If the address is unknown, patrols will be carried
out to try and locate the dog.

Council has developed a letterbox form which you can use to communicate the issue of the nuisance dog to your neighbour. Simply print out the Roaming Dogs Neighbour Handout, fill in your details (this is optional) and place in your neighbour's letterbox.

If a dog has roamed onto your property

Secure the dog to the property if it is possible and safe to do so. You can also check for a red Council registration tag or other identification to see if an owner can be contacted.

If an owner can't be contacted, call Council on (07) 3810 6666 to arrange an Animal Management Officer to collect the animal. Please note, an adult must be present on the property for the Animal Management Officer's visit so that they can give authority for the removal of the animal from their property.

If your dog is lost

Roaming dogs may be taken to the Ipswich Pound and Animal Management Centre at 6 Hooper Street West Ipswich as long as the dog was found in the Ipswich Council area and the customer lives in the Ipswich Council area. See Lost and Injured Animals for more information.

Ipswich Rehoming Centre

Dog owners may choose to surrender their pet to the RSPCA at the Ipswich Rehoming Centre at 6 Hooper Street, West Ipswich by appointment (see map below). Before surrendering your pet, first visit the RSPCA Surrender Portal and consider your options.

Please note that all fees and charges for surrenders are determined by the RSPCA and not Ipswich City Council.

Local Laws and Council's role

The following laws apply to roaming dogs:

Once a roaming dog has been reported, a Council Officer will conduct an investigation. This may include checking fencing to ensure a proper enclosure is in place and liaising with the dog owner, if an owner is identified.

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