Narrabri Shire Council

Pet Owner Responsibilities

To ensure the comfort, safety and health of the whole community, the Companion Animals Act contains certain responsibilities on all pet owners.

Here is a summary of the responsibilities of dog owners under the Act.

  • If your dog is in a public place it must be under effective control of a competent person by means of an adequate chain, cord or leash. The exceptions to this are; dogs exhibiting at a shot or engaging in obedience or agility trials or a dog secured in a cage or vehicle or in an approved off-leash area;
  • If your dog is being exercise in an approved off-leash area it must always be under effective control of a competent person;
  • You are not permitted to walk more that four dogs at any one time in an on-leash-area or an off-leash area;
  • Greyhounds must be muzzled at all times when in a public place;
  • If your dog defecates in a public place it is an offence not to remove the faeces.
  • Dogs are prohibited in children’s play areas, food preparation/consumption areas, recreation areas, public bathing areas, school grounds, child care centres, shopping areas and wildlife protection areas.

Penalty notices under the Act

Animal not permanently identified (microchipped) $165
Animal not registered $275
Failure to notify change of address/owner $165
Failure to prevent dog escaping $220
Dog not on a lead in a public place $220
Failure to remove faeces $275
Failure to take seized animal to pound/shelter $550
Dog in prohibited place $330
Own or in charge of attacking dog $550

For further explanation and other offences refer to the Companion Animals Act 1998 and Companion Animals Regulation 1999 or contact Council.