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Animal Control

Longreach Region Council has animal rules and regulations in place to protect the community against injury and damage, to ensure animals don't create a nuisance or hazard to health & safety, and to make sure animals are kept and used in a way that is consistent with the rights and expectations of the local community.

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Legal responsibility of pet owners Impoundment
Registration of Dogs & Cats Keeping of other animals
Fact Sheets  

Animal Management Survey

Longreach Regional Council is developing a Domestic Animal Management Strategy (Dogs and Cats) to shape animal management services and initiatives for the next five years. Council's Regulatory Services department is seeking feedback from visitors about pet ownership, animal control and management services, pet-friendly facilities, and meeting expectations. 

Visitors - take the survey here

Legal responsibility of pet owners

Under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, pet/animal owners are legally responsible for their animal.  This includes but is not limited to:



-Clear identification on the animal i.e. name tag with contact details


-When the animal is outside their property




As a pet owner, you are legally responsible for their actions.  Animal attacks can cause serious injury or harm.  If a person or property is damaged in an attack, or if another animal is injured, the owner of the animal will be held liable for any damages or injury.

If attacked by an animal:

  • If it's a life-threatening emergency, call triple zero - 000.
  • Report the attack to Council by calling (07) 4658 4111.

Check out our Fact Sheets for more information.


Any animal/s found wandering at large on public land may be impounded by one of Council's authorised officers, attracting an impoundment fee.  This fee will apply regardless of whether the animal resides in the rural or urban zone of the Longreach Regional Council.

Animals trespassing on private land may be impounded by the occupier of the land and surrendered to Council. However, Council is not obliged to accept custody of an animal impounded in this way.

The owner of an impounded animal is required to either reclaim the animal and pay the prescribed fees within three working days or advise Council they do not wish to reclaim the animal. When collecting your animal from the Council Pound, you are required to pay a release fee at the Longreach Council Office prior to collection. You then must produce your receipt upon collection at the Longreach Council Depot.

Pound Operating Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00am – 3:00pm (Excluding public holidays)
To enquire about animals impounded by Council, contact Local Laws, on (07) 4658 4111.

Registration of Dogs and Cats

Registration is compulsory for all dogs over three (3) months of age, with a current registration tag affixed to a collar at all times.

Failure to register your dog/s may result in you receiving an on-the-spot fine.

An approval is required if you have:

  • More than two (2) dogs over the age of three (3) months on an allotment in a designated town area; and,
  • More than one (1) dog over the age of three (3) months on multi-residential premises (i.e. retirement home, units, flats, or apartments).

Council encourages all residents to register their cats and ensure they are adequately identified with owners name, address, and telephone number. It is recommended that cat owners microchip and de-sex their cats.

An approval is required if you have:

  • More than two (2) cats over the age of three (3) months on an allotment in a designated town area.

Dog and/or Cat Registration Form

Keeping of other animals

Under Subordinate Local Law No.2 (Animal Management) 2011 there are circumstances in which the keeping of animals is prohibited or requires approval.

Schedule 1 - Prohibition on keeping animals: Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2011

Fact Sheets

Below are a number of fact sheets that address some of the most commonly occurring Animal Control issues. If you require more information or assistance, please don't hesitate to contact our Local Laws team by calling (07) 4658 4111.

Responsible Pet Ownership  
Barking Dog Nuisance Complaints Tips for Barking Dog Owners
Barking Dog Neighbour Letter Barking Dog Diary
Reporting a Dog Attack Dog Attacks – Facts for dog owners