Complaints about animals

Information on the complaint process

Complaints About Animals

What constitutes a complaint about an animal in Mitchell?

Wildlife Queries

What constitutes a complaint about an animal in Mitchell?

Legislation in Victoria sets out what your rights and responsibilities as an animal owner are; the Domestic Animals Act 1996 for dogs and cats, the Impounding of Livestock Act 1996 for livestock, and the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 for all animals.

Under legislation there are many issues that can be dealt with by the Local Laws Unit.

Complaints made to Council may be for dogs or livestock wandering, dog attacks, barking dogs or nuisance cats, just to name a few. Links below provide helpful information in dealing with these issues.

If you have concerns about keeping your pet or animal content so that it doesn't become a nuisance to neighbours, ensure that, secure confinement, socialising, mental and physical stimulation and good welfare practices are undertaken for dogs and cats.

More information is available on these topics on the responsible pet ownership page.

Wildlife Queries

The Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) is the statutory authority with regard to wildlife eg kangaroos, emus, dingoes and possums. The DEPI can be contacted on 136 186.

Help for Wildlife

Wildlife emergencies can be directed to Wildlife Rescuers on 0417 380 687

  • Snakes - Issues regarding snakes should be directed to the DEPI as Council is unable to assist with snake removal. DEPI Customer Service line 136 186
  • European Wasps / Bees - Council cannot remove wasps/bees on private land. For nests on Council land, please contact Council on 5734 6200