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Animals

Pound — lost and found animals

Lost and found pets

Lost and found animals including dogs, cats, rabbits, horses and other livestock are listed on Council’s Animals of Mitchell Shire Facebook page. If you have lost or found an animal, ‘like’ the page then post photos and details of the animal.

You should also call Council on 03 5734 6200 and report the animal as lost or found.

It is an offence to hold onto a stray or lost dog or cat.

If you are concerned that your pet is at the pound, call Council on 03 5734 6200 and ask for pound services.

Pound process

How to arrange collection of your animal(s).

Step 1

Phone Council on 03 5734 6200 and ask for pound services.

Step 2

Council will arrange an appointment to collect your animal(s). We will confirm the pick-up time and location via text message (usually in Broadford).

Please note: the pound is open by appointment only. You will be unable to collect your animals without an appointment.

Step 3

You will need to pay any applicable registration and release fees at the time of collection.

FAQ's

Does Council have my animal?

Impounded animals that don’t have current identification are listed on Council’s Animals of Mitchell Shire Facebook page.

If you are concerned that your pet is at the pound, call Council on 03 5734 6200 and ask for pound services.

I've found an animal. How can I help find the owner?

If you have found an animal:

  • phone Council and report the found animal on 03 5734 6200

It is an offence to hold onto a stray or lost dog or cat.

What happens when Council finds a dog or cat?

When a roaming dog or cat is picked up, it is checked for a microchip and Council registration tag.

Registered and microchipped animals

Animals that are registered and microchipped may be returned to their owner, provided there is someone at home to receive them.

Officers will not leave an animal in your yard if no one is home.

If your registered dog or cat has been found wandering more than once, our officers may impound it. They will probably talk to you and ask to inspect your property to help work out how your pet is escaping, or give you some advice on preventing it from happening again.

If this is the first time your pet is out and it is registered, you will be issued a warning.

Animals that are unregistered

If your pet is not microchipped and has no identifying tags it is taken to the pound, fed, watered and kept safe.

Officers check our database of reported missing animals. If we match an animal with an owner, the owner is contacted. It is really important that you tell us and your microchip registry if you change your address or phone numbers.

If your dog or cat is unregistered, you will be required to register it when you come to collect the animal. You will be issued a fine for failing to register your dog or cat.

If you are concerned that your pet is at the pound, call Council on 03 5734 6200 and ask for pound services.

Does Council rehome unclaimed pets?

We try to find a home for all animals left waiting in the pound.

After 8 days, if its owner has not come forward, the animal becomes the property of the Council.

We check these animals to make sure they have the right temperament for re-homing and then dogs and cats are transferred to a rescue group or re-homed through Mitchell Shire Council.

How do I adopt a dog or cat?

You can register your interest to adopt an animal by completing an online questionnaire.

If you adopt an animal from Council you will be asked to pay an adoption fee.

Dogs and cats adopted from the pound are treated for fleas, desexed, vaccinated, wormed and microchipped.

What happens to wandering livestock?

If Council picks up a cow, horse, sheep or other livestock, those animals will be transported to Council's Livestock Pound or impounded on the property on which they have been found trespassing.

Council must hold impounded livestock for 7 days. During that time we try to locate and contact the owner to arrange a time for them to reclaim their animals.

If we fail to find an owner or the livestock is not claimed, we will advertise and sell it by auction or under tender.

In some cases we may re-home livestock via adoption. If you are interested in adopting livestock from Council you should call our Local Laws Department and register your details. You will be required to have a PIC number issued by DELWP.

Find out about PICs and identifying your livestock.

Are release fees different for livestock?

When you reclaim livestock you will be charged a release fee and a daily sustenance fee. You may be charged transport costs, depending on the costs to Council.

If our officers spent time chasing your livestock, we will send you an invoice for each officer’s time.

Fees for pound services

Fees you will be charged when you pick up your animal. If your animal has been assessed or treated by a vet, the costs will be passed on to you.

ServiceFrequencyFee
Adoption fee - catper occasion$225.00
Adoption fee - dogper occasion$345.00
Cat release – registeredper release$55.00
Cat release - unregisteredper release$96.00
Cat – additional daily cost after day 3per day$25.00
Dog – seizedper day$32.50
Dog release - registeredper release$55.00
Dog release - unregisteredper release$96.00
Dog – additional daily cost after day 3per day$32.50
Large livestock e.g. horses/cattleper release$127.00
Large livestock e.g. horses/cattleper day$28.50
Medium livestock e.g. sheep/goatsrelease$63.00
Medium livestock e.g. sheep/goatsper day$12.50
Small livestock e.g. rabbits/guinea pigs/poultryper release$16.50
Small livestock e.g. rabbits/guinea pigs/poultryper day$4.00
Surrendered livestock feeper job$81.00
Surrendered large dogper job$142.00
Surrendered medium dogper job$91.00
Surrendered small dog or catper job$71.00
Cats – welfareper day$5.00
Dogs – welfareper day$5.00

This page was last updated on 26 July 2021.