Impounded Dogs

Dogs impounded by Council are released on payment of all fees and charges relating to the impoundment of the dog (pursuant to Section 62 of the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995).

Why are dogs impounded?

Animal Management Officers pick up dogs wandering at large to reduce public and environmental nuisance and for the safety of the dog.  Found dogs are returned to their owners, if this is not possible the dog is impounded.


If you have lost your dog or cat, it is important to act immediately by phoning Council on telephone (08) 8405 6600, the Animal Welfare League on (08) 8348 1300, and your local veterinarian.  When reporting a lost dog include its name, sex, breed, colour, age and size and any other identifiable features.  Also include if it is wearing a collar and ID or is microchipped. It is a good idea to have a colour picture of your dog or cat, plus your contact details and put these up around your local area.


If you find a dog, phone the Council immediately on (08) 8405 6600.  Some animals may require daily medication, or may bite out of fear. Some animals may even carry communicable diseases that could put your family and your pets at risk.

Council advises owners who have lost dogs to check for their dog daily at the Animal Welfare League. The League has trained professionals on hand and a vet in case the animal requires medication or other professional help.

It is an offence to keep another person's dog and most important that Council collect the dog from you as soon as possible, no-one is going to look for their dog at your house. The dog may be microchipped which can enable Council to reunite the dog with its owner. Where the owner cannot be found, you may be able to lodge an interest with the Animal Welfare League to keep the dog.


Council's Animal Management Officers pick up over 900 wandering dogs every year - that's 1 in every 20 registered dogs!  If you see a wandering dog, please report it immediately to Council's Customer Service Team on (08) 8405 6600.  Dogs wandering are more likely to become injured due to traffic and fights with other animals. This can result in costly veterinary care. Wandering dogs can also pose a threat to other people and pets in the community.

For information on securing your property and preventing your dog wandering, view the factsheets below.

How do I claim my dog?

First you must verify your dog is at the Animal Welfare League, 1-19 Cormack Road Wingfield.  The league will provide you with an impound number which is required by Council before your dog will be released. Next, visit one of Councils Customer Service Centres to complete an impound release form and pay all release fees. Once payment is received you will be issued with a receipt authorising the Animal Welfare League to release your dog.  The League is open between 10:00am and 3:30pm, 7 days a week.

Important Information

  • The Animal Welfare League provides pound facilities to Council, the League and its employees have no discretion to vary Councils impound and release procedure.
  • The Animal Welfare League cannot release your dog without Councils authorisation.
  • Dogs must be registered before being released.

Weekends and Public Holidays

Contact Council's after hours call centre on 8405 6600 and leave your contact details including telephone number.  A Council officer will contact you to arrange for the return of your dog between the hours of 10am - 3.30pm.


Impound and daily sustenance fees (for the care and feeding of your dog) are set by the Animal Welfare League.  Fees are calculated according to the number of days your dog is impounded and are payable to Council prior to collection.

Unclaimed dogs

Impounded dogs are held for a maximum of 72 hours by Council.  Unclaimed dogs may be rehoused by the Animal Welfare League through their adoption program or humanely euthanized.


In addition to impound and daily sustenance fees, dog owners who have had a dog impounded may receive a fine where an offence under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995 has occurred.

For further information on this topic, or if you have any questions, please call our helpful Customer Services team on 8405 6600 or send us an email.
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