Cook Shire Council's Local Law No. 6 (Keeping and Control of Animals) 2008 requires all dogs and cats within the local government area to be registered. Exemptions apply for working dogs.
Registered dogs and cats are required to display registration tags at all times. Penalties apply.
For the purposes of registration Council has a two tiered fee structure. Owners of dogs within towns are required to pay full registration. Owners outside towns and all cat owners may apply for a 'tag only' registration. Please refer to the table below.
The following are considered as towns under Local Law No. 6 (Keeping and Control of Animals) 2008: Ayton, Coen, Cooktown, Lakeland, Laura and Marton. Please contact Council for information as to where these town boundaries extend.
In an effort to promote responsible pet ownership Council offers considerable registration discounts to owners of de-sexed animals. Council encourages all pet owners to take advantage of these discounts and help reduce the number off unwanted animals in our community.
For Council charges click on the following: Schedule of Fees and Charges
Council conducts regular patrols. Owners of animals found wandering at large may be issued infringement notices ($200.00) and be liable for associated impound fees ($38.00 plus $6.00 per day sustenance).
If you wish to know more about Cook Shire Council's Local Law No. 6 (Keeping and Control of Animals) 2008 and Subordinate Local Law No. 6 (Keeping and Control of Animals) 2008 they can be accessed via the following links:
Local Law No.6 (Keeping and Control of Animals) 2008 (PDF document)
Subordinate Local Law No.6 (Keeping and Control of Animals) 2008 (PDF document)
Alternately please contact Council's Animal Control Officer on (07) 4069 5444.