Wandering Dogs at Large (Fact Sheet 15)

Domestic Animals Act 1994 No. 81 states:

24. Dogs Found at Large

  1. If a dog is found at large outside the premises of the owner or not securely confined to the owner’s premises, between sunrise and sunset, the owner is guilty of an offence and liable to a penalty of not more than 3 penalty units.
  2. If a dog is found at large outside the premises of the owner or not securely confined to the owner’s premises between sunset and sunrise, the owner is guilty of an offence and liable to a penalty of not more than 5 penalty units.

Penalty

  1. Section 24 (1) - Dog at large or not securely confined during day time: 1.5 penalty units ($233.00)
  2. Section 24 (2) - Dog at large or not securely confined during night time: 2 penalty units ($311.00)

If you have received a Caution Notice-Notice to Comply please ensure that you follow the compliance details.  Failure to comply may result in an infringement being issued.

For more information please contact the Local Laws Branch on (03) 5832 9741.