Animal Control

All dogs over 3 months of age are required to be registered annually. Only two dogs can be kept on any property without Council approval, otherwise, an annual permit fee applies to additional dogs see link below.

It is unlawful to keep an unspayed female or male dog unless the owner has paid an annual permit fee. If a dog is found to be roaming in public places without being on a lead or under effective control, it may be impounded and charges will apply before release.

From December 2010 it became mandatory to register cats. Similar requirements apply for dogs. It is also mandatory that any dogs or cats born after 2010 are micro-chipped.

If you buy or sell a cat or dog it also must be micro-chipped. Micro-chipping can only be done by a vet.

Torres Shire provides regular veterinary visits to Thursday Island. The animal MUST be registered in the shire area to be eligible for the Vet service.

Contact Council Office on 07 40691 336 for details of the next visit and Bookings.

To register your dog or cat to download the Animal Registration Form.

Please feel free to come into the office or to contact us.

Animal Registration Form

Pet Owners Responsibilities

Do you have more than two dogs?

You need a Permit - More information CLICK on the link below:

Animal Management Information - Permit is Required for more than two dogs

Impounded Animals

To view a list of currently impounded animals, follow the link below.

Currently Impounded Animals