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Pets and domestic animals can be much-loved members of your household but can also be the cause of unhappy neighbourhoods. As an animal owner you are responsible for caring for your pets and ensuring you comply with relevant Local Laws. This section provides information on responsible pet ownership and what you can do if you have a complaint.

Full details of State and Council rules governing pet ownership are available in:


Council conducts regular patrols. Owners of animals found wandering may be issued infringement notices ($260) and be liable for associated impound fees. 

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


The Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 requires all dogs within the Cook local government area to be registered. Exemptions apply for working dogs. Registered dogs are required to display their current registration tag at all times, this will help ensure a speedy return if your animal is found wandering. Download a registration form here

For a full list of Council fees and charges, click here.


Under Queensland Government legislation, animals born after April 2009 must be microchipped.

A microchip is a small electronic identification tag that is inserted by a needle just under the skin between your pets shoulder blades. The procedure is quick, safe and easy and side effects are very uncommon. The microchip is implanted permanently, making it much more reliable than a tag on the collar of your pet.

If your pet ever goes missing and ends up at an animal management facility or vet, it will be scanned with a microchip reader to check for a microchip. The microchip contains a 15 digit unique identification number that is linked to the owner, through an online microchip registry. The microchip registry safely stores your address and contact details so that your pet can be returned to you.

If you move or change your phone number, make sure you update your details with the online registry. To find out where your pets microchip details are lodged, and to change your details, click here. 

Council offers microchipping for only $35 per eligible pet. Bookings are essential. Please call 4082 0500 to book


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 4082 0500 - this number will be answered after hours.


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 4082 0500 or using our online Contact Us option. 

ABN: 45 425 085 688

10 Furneaux Street Cooktown, Qld 4895

Mail: PO Box 3 Cooktown, Qld 4895


Phone: (07) 4082 0500

Fax: (07) 4082 0588

Hours: 8.45am-4.45pm Monday to Friday