Lost and found animals

Overview

If you lose or find an animal, you need to report it to Council on (03) 5422 0333.

Found animals

Dogs and cats

If the dog or cat has no identification, a ranger will check it for a microchip and if it is microchipped, this will improve its chances of not being impounded.  Owners may receive warnings or fines.  Animals that are not microchipped or registered will be impounded. Impound fees will apply.

Livestock

If the owner of the livestock is not known, the animal/s will be impounded.  Owners may receive warnings or fines.  For impounded animals, impound fees will apply.

Lost animals – dogs, cats and livestock

If you lose an animal, contact us on 03 5422 0333.  The animal’s details and your contact details will be entered in our Lost & Found Register.  We will record details such as colour, gender, whether wearing a collar, microchipped, registered or tagged, as well as what type of animal it is.  We will also record your name, address and contact numbers.  These details help to identify the animal and get it back to you as quickly as possible if it is found.

If you think your dog or cat has been impounded by a Ranger, please contact us on 03 5422 0333.  If your pet is in the Council pound, we will make arrangements with you to release the animal. Council also uses the North Melbourne Lost Dogs Home and you should call 9329 2755 or visit the Lost Dogs or Lost Cats to see if your pet is there.

Collection and fees

Dogs and cats

We do not release dogs or cats unless they are microchipped and registered.  If your pet is not microchipped, we will arrange for the animal to be microchipped before it is returned to you.  If your pet is not registered you will have to register the animal before we return it to you.

Please note that you are liable for any vet fees if your pet needs to be treated by a vet.  Warnings or fines may also apply. Impound fees will apply.

See our Pet Registration page for registration fees.

Livestock

If you think your livestock has been impounded by a ranger, please contact us on 03 5422 0333.  Once it has been decided that your livestock is in the pound, we will make arrangements to release the animal to you.

Please note that you are liable for transport fees and any vet fees if your livestock needs to be treated by a vet.  Warnings or fines may also apply.  Impound fees will apply.