Wandering & Lost Dogs

Dog owners are reminded that under the Dog & Cat Management Act 1995 it is an offence to allow a dog to be at large, whether the dog is registered or not.  A dog is deemed to be wandering at large when it is unaccompanied by a responsible person who can exercise effective control over the animal.

Effective control is when the dog is on a leash that is no more than 2 metres in length. Please note that under amendments to the Dog and Cat Management Act all dogs that are on public land must be on a leash.  The owner or person responsible for a dog that is found wandering at large will be expiated a fee of $210.00 for the offence.

Dogs found wandering at large by Council’s Authorised Officers will be returned to the owner if possible or impounded at the South East Animal Welfare League. Payment of registration fees (if required) along with any pound fees will be required prior to the dog being released.

The South East Animal Welfare League is located on Penola Road just past the Airport. Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 11.30am and 4.00pm to 5.00pm, Weekends 9.00am to 12.00pm, Closed on Public Holidays. Phone (08) 8723 9133.

Complaints and/or enquiries in relation to wandering dogs should be advised in writing or by telephone to Council's Registrar of Dogs, Leith McEvoy (leith.mcevoy@dcgrant.sa.gov.au) on (08) 8721 0444.