Owners are legally responsible for keeping their dog under control at all times. Failure to do so is an offence under Section 53 of the Dog Control Act 1996 with a fine of up to $3,000 or an infringement fee of $200.
Straying or wandering dogs can be impounded at the owner's expense. If the dog can be identified, the owner can be notified by phone or written notice (Note: If your dog is wearing its registration disc or has a microchip inserted, and is found straying, it can be easily identified and returned to you).
If your dog is lost or missing contact Animal Control and provide them with a good description of your dog (and your dog's microchip number, if applicable) and the area in which it strayed.
If your dog has been impounded, it will not be released until all costs have been paid. If you do not claim your dog, but it is registered to you, you are still liable for any costs.