Animal Control

Dog Ownership

Dogs are great companion animals, but owning one means you have particular responsibilities, both to your pet and also to the general public.

We must remember not everyone likes dogs, in fact many people dislike them. Therefore, to ensure they are not a nuisance to the community and other animals, owners are required to make sure that they comply with Councils 'Dog Management Policy' and the Dog Control Act 2000.

The Latrobe Council Dog Management Policy covers the following:

  • Registration (Dogs aged six months and over);
  • Fees
  • Licences
  • Exercise areas;
  • Prohibited areas;
  • Councils "Responsible Dog Ownership Code";
  • More common "On the spot fines";
  • Doggy Do's and Don'ts;
  • Barking, straying and lost dogs;
  • Location of Dog Poo Loo's and Bag Dispensers.

Dog owners are advised to become familiar with 'off leash exercise area' boundaries and 'prohibited areas'.

Responsible Dog Ownership

Latrobe Dog Exercise Area

Port Sorell/Shearwater/Hawley Beach Dog Exercise Area

Regular patrols of the municipality are undertaken and if your dog is collected and impounded it can be collected from the Spreyton Dogs Home in Durkins Road, Quoiba - Phone 03 6427 2178.

Please remember whilst walking your dog in public, they must remain on a lead at all times and to pick up any droppings that your dog is responsible for.

Dog poo loos and bag dispensers are located at -

TownLocationDog Poo LooBag Dispenser
LatrobePig Island Off Leash Exercise AreaYY
LatrobeBert Campbell Walk, opposite Australian Axemans Hall of Fame entryYY
LatrobeThompsons Park Off Leash Exercise AreaYY
LatrobeKings ParkYY
LatrobeOutside 54 Gilbert Street Y
LatrobeOutside Latrobe Village Market, 169-171 Gilbert Street Y

If you have a Barking Dog Complaint, please complete this form. Barking Dog Complaint Form

Click here to see frequently asked questions. If your particular question is not addressed or you require further information please contact Council's Animal Control Officer on 6426 4444.  Disclaimer to FAQs

Dog Obedience Classes

Following the success of the dog obedience classes in 2020, Latrobe Council is offering four opportunities for residents to participate in locally held dog obedience classes.

If you are willing to commit to continuing the training methods learnt between classes, at home and in a secure and safe environment for the duration of the course, you are invited to register your participation.

Courses currently offered in 2021 are -

  • Session 1 - 6-week course - February 7, 14, 21 and 28 and March, 14 and 21
  • Session 2 - 6-week course - May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 and June 6
  • Session 3 - 6-week course - August 15, 22, 29 and September 5, 12 and 19
  • Session 4 - 5-week intense course - October 17 and 24, November 7, 14, 21

Details are available here.

Cat Management

Click here for further information regarding cat ownership.

Found a Stray Dog or Cat

What do I do if I have found or trapped a stray or feral cat?

Stray or feral cats that have been found or trapped around your home on private land, including rural and remote areas, can be returned to their owner or taken to the closest Cat Management Facility (the RSPCA).

Landowners and primary producers may trap, seize or humanely destroy any cat found on rural land where livestock are grazed, or other private land that is more than 1km from a residence.

Alternatively, feral cats can be taken to your local vet to be humanely destroyed. Please be aware that this may incur a fee with some vets. For more information on feral cats in Tasmania please visit

What do I do if I have found or trapped a stray dog?

If a stray dog is detained and secured on your property, our Animal Control Officer will collect the dog. If the dog is registered and microchipped, they will take reasonable steps to return the dog to the owner.

If the dog is unregistered, a repeat offender or the owner of the dog is not at home, then the dog will be taken to the pound.

For the address of your closest RSPCA Animal Care Centre or related organisation visit