Responsible animal ownership

Dogs and cats must not wander outside their owner’s property unless they are under effective control. Loddon Shire Council’s registration tag must be prominent at all times.

Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, cat and dog owners can be fined or prosecuted for offences in certain circumstances. These include:

  • if your dog or cat is found outside your premises it may be impounded
  • if your dog or cat is found in a public area declared off limits by Council (such as parks)
  • if you encourage or cause your dog to attack, bite, worry or chase a person or another animal
  • if you encourage or cause your dog or cat to be a nuisance.

How many animals can I have?

The Council’s Environment Local Law regulates the keeping of animals. 

A permit is required when more than 4 different kinds of animals are housed on any one property in a township or residential area at any time and/or when the number of animals being kept exceeds the numbers in the table below. 

Type of animal

Maximum number allowed in residential areas

Maximum number allowed in rural residential areas

Dogs

2

2

Cats

2

2

Pigeons

12

30

Poultry

12

20

Domestic birds

50

100

Large birds

2

10

Domestic mice

10

10

Guinea pigs

10

10

Domestic rabbits

6

6

Horses/donkeys

Local Law permit required

4

Cattle

Local Law permit required

10

Emus

Local Law permit required

20

Sheep

Local Law permit required

20

Goats

Local Law permit required

4

Ostriches

Local Law permit required

20

Pigs

Local Law permit required

Local Law permit required

Other agricultural animals

Local Law permit required

Local Law permit required

You may be able to keep animals in excess of the number listed above, however a Local Law permit must be obtained prior to locating the animals to your property. 

To discuss this further please contact Local Laws staff on (03) 5494 1200 or complete an Application for a Local Law permit.

Reporting lost, found, wandering or nuisance dogs or cats

If you have lost or found a dog or cat, or wish to report a wandering or nuisance dog or cat please contact Local Laws Department for assistance by phone (03) 5494 1200.

Council pound

Dogs and cats found to be wandering within the municipality will be impounded and cared for by Council’s Local Laws staff in Council’s pound located in Wedderburn.

Dogs and cats are kept and disposed of in accordance with the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

Impounding fees, charges for the care of animals and fines may apply when collecting an animal from the pound. 

You should contact Local Laws staff to discuss the welfare of your animals on (03) 5494 1200.