Animal Control

Dog Owners Responsibilities

As a dog owner you have a legal responsibility to keep your dog under control; either within a fenced area on your property or on a leash within a public place. Your dog must always be on a leash in public except at a designated dog exercise area.

Nuisance Dogs

Barking dogs in the suburbs do not need to be tolerated. If you have a neighboring dog that barks for hours on end, call the Towns Rangers and we can assist in abating the nuisance.

Dog Attacks

A dog attack is a very serious matter. If your dog attacks a person or another animal, you will be held responsible even if you were not there at the time. A dog attack includes a dog aggressively rushing at or attempting to attack a person or animal, as well, as tearing clothing, biting or causing physical injury.

Thousands of dog attacks are reported in Perth and country areas every year. Some result in horrific injuries and trauma.

If your dog displays behavioral problems, it is important you address them quickly with appropriate training with such organizations as the RSPCA or Bark Busters.

The State Government amended the Dog Act to allow councils to declare individual dogs "dangerous" for offences such as attacking or repeatedly rushing, threatening or chasing animals or people.

Once a dog is declared dangerous, it has to be muzzled at all time in a public place, this would also be in conjunction with numerous other restrictions imposed on you as the dog owner.


All dogs found with no identification, or habitual escape artists, are taken to the Shenton Park Dog Refuge in Lemnos Street Shenton Park.

Your dog can only be released after the following costs have been paid.

Impound fee $66.00

Sustenance Fee $11.00 per day

Your dog can be collected between the hours of 11am and 4pm every day except on Wednesdays when the refuge is closed you may also be required to prove ownership of the dog.

Please note that all dogs have to be registered before they can be released from the Dog Refuge.

Dog Excercise Areas

Dogs are allowed to exercise on the following beaches:

All year round at South Cottesloe Beach which is defined as that area from the south or small groyne at Beach Street all the way south to Mosman Beach.