skip to content

We understand... you and your dog you and your cat now is the time to register your dog desexing can reduce aggression in dogs that every dog can bite that good owners lead to good dogs

  • Mandatory microchipping and desexing

Wandering Dogs

Title: Wandering Dogs


When is a dog ‘wandering at large’?

A dog is legally ‘wandering at large’ if it is in a public or private place without the consent of the occupier, and nobody is exercising effective control of the dog.

The Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 requires dogs in public places to be under “effective control” at all times. Effective control can be one of the following measures:

  • A chain, cord or leash no longer than two metres, or
  • Voice control in a manner that ensures the dog will obey, or
  • Containment in a vehicle or other structure.

Dogs being used for tending stock, or dogs that are participating in organised events are not considered to be ‘wandering at large.’ However, all dogs on public streets and roads must be restrained on a leash.


Who is legally responsible for a dog?

Responsibility rests on either the owner of the dog or the person in control of the dog at the time. For example, if you are caring for somebody else’s dog and it attacks another person or dog, you may be held liable for related damages.

Wandering Dog Information Sheet