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Nuisance dogs and cats

Under the Companion Animals Act 1998 a dog is a nuisance dog if it:

  • consistently roams; or
  • makes persistent, excessive noise; or
  • repeatedly defecates on private property other than the property on which it is ordinarily kept; or
  • repeatedly runs at or chases a person, animal (other than vermin or in the course of droving, tending, working or protecting livestock) or vehicle; or
  • endangers the health of a person or animal (other than vermin or in the course of droving, tending, working or protecting livestock); or
  • repeatedly causes substantial damage to anything outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept.

Under the Companion Animals Act 1998 a cat is a nuisance cat if it:

  • makes persistent, excessive noise that reasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person in any other premises; or
  • repeatedly damages anything outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept.

If you have a complaint about a nuisance animal, you should talk to the owner and try to find a mutually acceptable solution. If this proves unsuccessful or you are not comfortable with this approach, contact your local council.

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