Dog problems and complaints
If you're having problems with a dog, you can speak to the dog's owner. Otherwise you can speak to your local council.
If you think a dog is being abused or neglected by its owner, report it to the SPCA.
If your neighbour’s dog is aggressive or displaying worrying behaviour, for example, barking at people, you can try talking to your neighbour. If this doesn’t work, you can complain to your local council.
Under the Dog Control Act, the council’s dog control officer can:
- give the dog owner advice and information
- give the dog owner a warning or fine
- issue a barking abatement notice
- take the dog, if there are concerns for people’s safety and/or the welfare of the dog.