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 does not 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.