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Additional Information

Pets are great companions but occassionally they can get into trouble.

If your pet goes missing it is possible it has been picked up by a Council Community Compliance Officer and taken to the pound.

The Wangaratta RSPCA is located at 1 Connell Street, Wangaratta. Phone (03) 5722 2874.

Opening hours are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 10am - 4pm. Thursday 10am - 5pm. Saturday 10am - 2pm.

See below for additional information on barking dogs, cat traps and off leash areas.



Cat traps

Cats need to be kept on their owner's premises at all times. Council issues cat traps to residents who report issues with nuisance, feral or abandoned cats. Cat traps can be rented from Council at no cost.

Trapped cats should be delivered to the Wangaratta RSPCA during office hours. Alternatively, Council's Community Compliance Officers may be able to collect trapped cats within business hours. Contact Council for more information.

Barking dogs

Dogs are an important part of our community, but dogs that bark excessively can become a source of irritation for neighbours and others.

Approaching a barking dog’s owner in a neighbourly manner and discussing your concerns with them can often be the quickest and most effective way to resolve this type of complaint.

The Rural City of Wangaratta recommends sending the “Dear Neighbour Letter” (attached) if you do not feel comfortable speaking with your neighbour directly.

If your neighbour takes no action, you should contact the Department of Justice which funds a private and free dispute settlement service:

Wangaratta Justice Services Centre
119- 121 Murphy Street
Wangaratta Vic 3676
ph: 03 5723 6414

For further information please refer to the "Dealing with dogs that create a noise nuisance" document.

Off leash areas

Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times when in a public place such as a park, footpath or road.
Dogs may be exercised off leash at the following designated reserves: 
• Willow Drive Reserve, Wangaratta
• One Mile Creek adjacent to Rattray Avenue, Wangaratta
• Native bushland at rear of Barr Reserve, Wangaratta

Responsible pet ownership

Please refer to: for useful information regarding responsible pet ownership.

Community groups

The Wangaratta Kennel and Obedience Dog Club is a local not for profit group that trains owners to train their dogs. Check out their website for more information:

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