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Companion Animals

Animals currently in the Pound

Companion Animal Pounds

Warrumbungle Shire Council operates one companion animal pound within its boundaries, located at Coonabarabran.  Council's pound is operated in a professional manner in accordance with RSPCA guidelines.

Council’s pound is not open to the public and trespassers will be prosecuted.

Any enquiries regarding impounded companion animals can be made during Council’s normal business hours 8.30am – 4.30pm Monday to Friday.

Surrendering a Companion Animal

Residents may:

  • Surrender an animal for which they can no longer take responsibility
  • Surrender a dog that is roaming or uncontrolled and whose owner cannot be identified

Injured Animals

Injured animals should not be surrendered to the Council.  In the event that an injured animal comes under your notice, the animal should be taken to the nearest Veterinary Practice for treatment.

Retrieving an Impounded Animal

A person wishing to retrieve an animal from the pound after it has been impounded will be required to pay the following fees and charges before the animal is returned to their care: 

  • Release fee desexed - $27.50 
  • Release fee (1st offence) - $45 + Micro-chipping and Registration (if not chipped and registered)
  • Release fee (2nd offence within 12 months) - $75
  • Maintenance / Sustenance (fee per day) - $20
  • All veterinary costs that may be involved

Under the Companion Animals Act all animals must be micro-chipped and registered before leaving Council's facility.


Last Updated: 02 Nov 2018