Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, all dog owners must securely confine dogs to the property. This means your yard must have a closed gate, and an escape-proof fence that your dog cannot jump, get under or through. A wandering dogs can pose a serious public health and safety risk. They can create a traffic hazard, or may become aggressive and cause harm to other people, animals or wildlife.
Wandering animals can also spread diseases and parasites to other animals in the area, so ensure your pet is vaccinated and treated.
What's the problem if my dog wanders?
Wandering promotes antisocial behaviour by encouraging and strengthening the animal's instinct to fight for dominance. This can result in a dog attack on people and other animals.
It can also be dangerous for your dog to be wandering on busy streets and areas with a high population of wild animals like foxes.
So for the safety of your dog and everyone else, remember – confine your dog. Backyard is best!
What Council will do?
Wandering animals have a negative impact on the community, who have the right to walk in public places without fear of being attacked. If your animal is found wandering at large a fine may be issued. When complaints are received about wandering animals, the animal will be impounded.