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Pet Owner Obligations

Gunnedah Shire Council promotes the benefits of owning pets and we aim to ensure that pets and people live together happily and safely.

Our Animal Control - Companion Animals Management Plan balances the rights of animals and their owners with the needs of the wider community and environment, and encourages responsible animal ownership.

We aim to educate non-pet owners and children about animal behaviour and safety around other people’s pets. And we are committed to providing an off-leash exercise area for dogs and their owners, while also ensuring non-pet owners have access to parks and gardens. Woolshed Reserve is the designated off-leash area and is located on the corner of Maitland and Chandos Streets. Why not take your dog down for a run and enjoy the scenery of the Namoi River bank?

The Companion Animals Act 1998 sets out an owner’s responsibility for controlling their pet in the local neighbourhood and public places. For example, dogs must be controlled on a leash when in public (except in designated off-leash areas) and wear an identification disc with their name and contact number of their owner on their collar.

If you believe an animal is being neglected or mistreated, please contact the RSPCA NSW Animal Cruelty Hotline on 1300 278 358.