Should your dog escape your property or become lost, please contact Council on 8983 0600 to make a lost dog report. Your details will be entered into the lost dog register, which will assist us in identifying you as the owner should your dog be found by Council Rangers.
The following Facebook pages may be helpful as many lost and found dogs are posted on these sites:
- Top End Lost and Found (TELAF)
- Northern Territory Lost Pet Register
- Humpty Doo and Rural Areas Community
Please also refer to our Lost Dogs at Council to see if your dog is in the Council pound.
Please note, the pound opening hours are Monday to Friday 8.30am - 4.00pm. Please contact Council to make an appointment if you are bringing a dog into Council or collecting a dog from Council to ensure the Rangers are available. If you are collecting a dog, proof of ownership is required.
If you have found a dog within our area, please contact our office on 8983 0600 as soon as possible and Council Rangers will collect the dog.
All dogs collected by Rangers will be scanned for a microchip and returned to their owner as soon as possible. If an owner cannot be identified or contacted, the dog will be impounded by Rangers and further attempts will be made to locate the dog’s owner. Photos of impounded dogs that have no microchip or other form of identification will be placed in the Impounded Dogs Gallery and posted on the Council Facebook page.
Lost Dogs at Council
Please see the lost dogs gallery for photos of unidentified dogs currently in the Litchfield Council Pound. Please contact Council Rangers on 8983 0600 if you are the owner of one or more of these dogs to arrange a suitable time for collection.
Pound Release Fees
When a registered dog is impounded for the first time by Council and collected within 24 hours, no release fees are payable. All owners of unregistered dogs that are impounded by Council must pay a release fee of $162.00. For repeat offences of dog at large, fines may be issued and release fees will apply, whether the dog is registered with Council or not.
When the owner of a dog is identified and they fail to collect their dog from the pound, they may be issued with a fine of $314 for abandoning a dog in accordance with Dog Management By-law 31(1).
Unclaimed Lost Dogs
Council is committed to minimising euthanasia rates and reducing the number of impounded dogs within the municipality. Where possible, Council Rangers will return a found registered dog directly to its owner rather than impounding the dog.
Unclaimed impounded dogs that are suitable for re-homing will be transferred to a re-homing organisation once they have been impounded for the prescribed period of 72 hours.