Nuisance dogs and cats

Our City Rangers patrol all areas of Lake Macquarie and investigate more than 3,000 complaints in relation to pets each year.

Nuisance dogs

According to The Companion Animals Act 1998, a nuisance dog falls into one or more of the following categories:

Nuisance cats

According to the Companion Animals Act 1998, a nuisance cat falls into one of more the following categories:

Reporting nuisance animals

Barking is a natural behaviour for dogs, and it is just one way in which they communicate. However, we understand in some cases barking dogs may become a neighbourhood nuisance impacting on the amenity of the area. If a barking dog affects you, we recommend the following actions.

For further information or to make a complaint about a nuisance dog or cat in your area please contact our Customer Service Centre on 02 4921 0333 or email us at

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Page last updated: 12 December 2016