Animal Control

Many households in Nhulunbuy own at least one dog. Owning a dog requires the owner to take legal responsibility for their dog’s behaviour and actions.

On 24 November 2015, the Nhulunbuy (Animal Control) Amended By-laws came into force. All dogs within Nhulunbuy and the Industrial Estate must be securely contained within their own property and be registered. From 1 November 2016, all dogs kept in Nhulunbuy and the Industrial Estate must be registered with the Nhulunbuy Corporation.

Responsible dog owners rarely receive complaints about their dog. A dog that is well fed, exercised, has basic training and is healthy usually does not cause a nuisance to others.

If you have been attacked by a dog or need to complain about a dog, please contact the Nhulunbuy Corporation on (08) 8939 2200 or after hours on 0419 838 064.

 Nhulunbuy (Animal Control) By-laws

Dog management and control within Nhulunbuy and the Industrial Estate is a complex issue. The Nhulunbuy Corporation is responsible for the administration of the Nhulunbuy (Animal Control) By-laws.

The By-Laws place an emphasis on public safety and maintaining a congenial living environment. The Nhulunbuy Corporation is focused on education and owner assistance to implement positive communication and long lasting community involvement in the management of dogs within Nhulunbuy and the Industrial Estate.

In adopting and implementing By-Laws and dog control and management policies, the Nhulunbuy Corporation takes into account the following:

  • The importance of allowing members of the public to utilise roads, streets and public facilities without fear or apprehension by aggressive, feral or stray dogs
  • The importance of reducing dog nuisances to the general community
  • Reducing the number of dogs wandering in public areas, recreational areas and places frequented by children
  • The recreational and exercise needs of dogs and their owners
  • The cost of establishing and the ongoing operational costs of all aspects of animal control and management

Stray and problem dogs

Dogs that are found wandering at large will be impounded and an infringement will be issued  before the dog returns home. The Nhulunbuy Corporation has the ability to investigate reported dog attacks. Owners of dogs that have committed a dog attack can face fines, possible seizure and destruction of the dog, or prosecution.

If you have lost your dog, visit the Nhulunbuy Corporation’s Found Animal Gallery.

The Nhulunbuy Corporation can provide you with helpful advice about how to secure your pet within your property, fencing, barking and nuisance dogs and general dog management.

If you would like further information, please call the Nhulunbuy Corporation’s Animal Control Officer on 0419 838 064.

Off leash areas

There are a number of areas within Nhulunbuy where owners can walk their dogs off leash. Owners are required to keep their dogs on leash is all other areas.

Control of dogs in off leash areas:

  1. A dog can be off a leash whilst accompanied by a competent person who is in reasonable proximity to the dog
  2. A competent person is liable for the control of the dog and must be capable of controlling it
  3. A competent person carries and is capable of attaching a chain, cord, leash, or harness and have sufficient strength for the purpose of controlling the dog.

Nhulunbuy Corporation Pound

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The Nhulunbuy Corporation Pound Facility is located off Arnhem Road.

Dogs found at large which are not registered and cannot be traced to their owner will be impounded. Images and details of such dogs will be uploaded to the Nhulunbuy Corporation’s Found Animal Gallery.

A daily feeding fee applies each day that the dog is impounded. All fees (including registration fees if the animal is not registered) and applicable infringements must be paid before the dog is released from the pound. Dogs will only be released from the pound during business hours.

Fees and registrations can be paid at the Nhulunbuy Corporation Head Office in Westal Street, by calling (08) 8939 2200 or online.

If a dog is not claimed after three days, it will be handed to Nhulunbuy PAWS for assessment for possible rehoming.