Animal Management Animal Management


Note - Koalas have been listed as a vulnerable species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. Read more here

Lost Animals

If your pet becomes lost it is important to contact Council as soon as possible. We will endeavour to use Council registration tags or microchip details to identify owners of found animals wherever possible. Contact details relating to your pets microchip can be updated using online databases accessible via the Pet Address website, which will allow Council, vets and animal welfare groups to easily locate you if they find your pet.

Disclaimer - The information on this site is provided as a service by Somerset Regional Council. This page is normally updated each working day, however there may be times when it is not updated.

If you wish to confirm any information relating to impounded animals please contact the Regulatory Services Section of Somerset Regional Council on 07 5424 4000 between the hours of 8.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Please view the "Lost Animals" document below to see what animals are currently in Council's Pound.

Things to remember when paying:

  • EFTPOS is available at Council offices in Esk, Kilcoy and Lowood including Visa Card and Mastercard for credit card payments. Cards have to be processed through eftpos machine.
  • Payment to be made either - at Council's offices - Esk, Lowood or Kilcoy or
  • Credit card over phone - you must be an existing owner - PH 131816 - put in 4 digit billpay code which is 2482 - then put in reference number (on left hand side of registration notice) then follow the rest of the prompts or
  • Bpay over the internet - must be an existing animal owner as the Biller code and reference number comes up on your dog renewal notices or
  • Cheque or money order - posted into Council.
  • If you are a new owner or you are an existing owner with a new dog and the dog is desexed Council must have a copy of the desexing papers or a stat dec has to be processed otherwise the animals must go through as being an entire dog.
  • If owner is a pensioner you must come into one of our offices so that we can sight your pension card.

Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008

How it will affect you ?

The State Government has introduced new legislation to encourage responsible pet ownership, effectively manage cats and dogs and enhance community safety. Councils throughout Queensland must implement new animal management programs that comply with the new Act.

From 1 July 2009:

  • all dogs must be tattooed by a vet upon desexing (desexing is encouraged but not compulsory)
  • microchipping is mandatory for all:
    • cats and dogs born after 1 July 2009. These animals must be microchipped before 12 weeks of age
    • cats and dogs that are sold or given away - update contact details linked to your pets microchip with licenced microchip registry company.
    • declared regulated dogs (ie declared dangerous dogs and declared menacing dogs).
    • you may be liable to pay a maximum fee of $2438 for not having your animal microchipped

Cats and dogs born before 1 July 2009 do not need to be microchipped, only those born or transferred after 1 July 2009. Have your animals microchipped by a registered vet after eight weeks of age.  Ensure you update your contact details linked to your pet's microchip with the licensed microchip registry company.  The easiest way to change your contact details is to search using your pet's microchip number, which will then redirect you to the database that lists your pet's microchip number.

If you keep an animal, you need to be informed.

Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2011 details the number of animals that may be kept including:

  • Dogs
  • Cats
  • Horses
  • Poultry
  • Goats and Sheep
  • Pigs
  • Bees


As a dog owner it is your responsibility to ensure your dog is healthy, safe, well cared for and does not create a nuisance in your neighbourhood.

Things to know ?

  • You may keep a maximum of two dogs on your property as long as they are registered.
  • If you want to keep more than two dogs you must make application to Council for a kennel. (Working dogs exempt - contact council for more information and requirements).
  • If you want to breed your dogs you must have approval for a kennel. Dogs kept within a Council approved kennel are not required to be registered.
  • New residents need to register their dog/s within 14 days of moving to a residence within the Region (unless approved working dogs). Contact Council for more information.
  • You must keep your dog securely contained inside your property and keep it on a leash when in public places.
  • If your dog attacks a person or another animal, you will have to pay a heavy fine and your dog may be declared dangerous. For more information on Council's policies and laws phone Council on (07) 5424 4000.

Controlling your dog's barking

You could be fined if your dog's barking exceeds prescribed noise standards.  Noise standards are prescribed in the Somerset Regional Council  Subordinate Local Law No 2 (Animal Management ) 2011 Schedule 4, Section 8 (1).

Contact Council on information on how to control barking dogs. 

If you own a dog, you must follow these requirements (Fees valid from 1 July 2014)


Minimum fines for breaching requirements

Register your dog with Somerset Regional Council when it is three months old and every year after  $252
Keep your dog in your yard $252
Walk your dog on a leash when you're in public (except in dog off leash areas). $252
Pick up and dispose of your dog's droppings when you walk your dog $252
Don't let your dog attack or cause fear to people or animals $2438, or a court fine of up to $36,570 - and remove animal
Control your dog's barking $252
If you keep more than two dogs/cats you must hold kennel development approval   $609 - removal of excess dogs/cats
Fail to comply with a compliance notice  $609


Paying your fine

If you receive a fine, you have 28 days from the issue date to pay the fine or to appeal it.


Things to know ?

  • Recommendation from Council meeting on 31 May 2014 that Council cease registration of cats being declared Local government for Chapter 10, Part 4 of the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 at that time
  • You may keep a maximum of two cats on your property as long as they are contained. 
  • If you are given or buy a cat you must ensure the animal is microchipped when over the age of eight weeks.
  • Ensure you update your contact details linked to your pet's microchip with the licensed microchip registry company.
  • De-sexing of cats - Council Resolution of 15 January 2014:
    De-sexing rebates on or after 15 January 2014 will be paid in respect of micro-chipped cat de-sexing operations performed on or after that date not withstanding that the cat was not registered at the time of being de-sexed.


If you require any further information on keeping of animals including live stock and poultry please contact Council Regulatory Services Section on (07) 5424 4000.