Animal Management
You are here: Home / Services / Animal Management

Animal Management


Council conducts regular patrols. Owners of animals found wandering may be issued infringement notices ($242) and be liable for associated impound fees ($60 plus $10 per day sustenance). 

  • Click here to see what animals are currently in the Council pound.


Council's pound is a great place to find your next fur baby, with dogs and cats of all shapes, sizes and ages regularly finding themselves impounded and looking for a loving home. 

  • Click here to see what animals are currently available for adoption.


Cook Shire Council's Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2016 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, which will help ensure a speedy return if your animal is found wandering. Penalties apply. Download a registration form here.

Owners of dogs within towns are required to pay full registration, while owners outside towns and all cat owners may apply for a tag only registration. There is a discount for registration of de-sexed animals.

The following are considered as towns under Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2016: Ayton, Rossville, Coen, Cooktown, Lakeland, Laura and Marton. 

Full feeConcession (card holder)
Whole dogs and bitches $60 n/a
Desexed dogs and bitches $20 $10

For a full list of Council fees click on the following: Schedule of Fees and Charges


Please notify Cook Shire Council immediately for the following issues:

  • Dog attacks
  • Aggressive / dangerous / menacing dog
  • Livestock wandering on Council-controlled roads (for non-Council roads - Mulligan Highway, Endeavour Valley Road and Shipton's Flat Road - contact the Department of Transport and Main Roads)

To report any of these incidents, please contact Council's Animal Control team on 4069 5444.

Non urgent complaints

Non urgent animal complaints may include noisy or wandering dogs or other nuisance pets. These should be lodged within normal business hours by contacting Council on 4069 5444 or using our online Contact Us option. 


If you wish to know more about Cook Shire Council's Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2016 and Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) 2016 they can be accessed via related documents below, further information can also be found in Cook Shire's Animal Control Enforcement Policy. 

Alternately please contact Council's Local Laws Officer on 4069 5444.

ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


Phone: (07) 4069 5444

Fax: (07) 4082 0588