Report a barking dog
Nuisance barking can be a grey area – what is excessive to one person may not be to another. Under the Dog Control Act 1996, barking is classified as a nuisance when it is persistent and loud.
If you find yourself annoyed by the persistent and loud barking or howling of a dog, please report the dog to Animal Control by phoning (03) 941 8999 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You will be asked to complete a Recording Sheet noting the date, time and length of each barking incident. We will need to identify the type of barking heard, to establish if the animal is distressed or a nuisance.
With the information the complainant provides, we may:
If there is no improvement after Animal Control’s investigation and a problem is reported against the same dog, the Council will take further steps to resolve the problem.
Report an aggressive dog
If you are the victim of or witness to an attack by an aggressive or dangerous dog, or you are the dog’s owner, you should advise Animal Control of the incident as soon as it occurs.
You will be asked for the following details:
your name, address and phone number
the address of the dog you are reporting
the date, time and location of the attack
details of the dog – breed, colour, sex and any distinguishing features
details of the incident and if you are prepared to make an official police statement.
The names and addresses of the dog owner and any witnesses should be obtained. If the dog owner leaves the incident without supplying these details, you should note their appearance and vehicle registration number.
The address of the offending dog is important for an Animal Control Officer to make contact. If the owner is not present, the offending dog may be able to be followed to obtain its home address. Follow the dog at a reasonable distance – do not chase or call it.
All details, medical reports and marked clothing from the attack should be kept as evidence to build a case against the owner.
Inspections and Enforcement Unit
Phone: (03) 941 8999