Other Animals and Issues

Take a look at Central Coast Council's policy about other animals such as horses and livestock and find out how to deal with stray or dead animals.

Stray livestock animals

Council rangers will attend to select stray livestock animals on public land. The rangers will attempt to restrain the animal and organise suitable transport to our stock pound for holding.

The types of stray animals that the rangers will collect include:

  • cattle
  • horses
  • goats
  • sheep
  • pigs
  • alpacas

Rangers will not collect small domestic animals such as rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets, chickens or roosters. If you have lost livestock, call our Customer Service Centre on 1300 463 954 to check whether it is being held at our stock pound.

Rangers will not get involved with animals straying from private property to private property as this is a civil matter and/or a fencing issue. They will also not get involved with wild animals causing a nuisance. In this instance, please contact National Parks and Wildlife or WIRES for advice.


As horses are a mode of transport, they can be ridden on roads or footpaths and owners do not have to clean up after them. Complaints can be made to Council if they are being ridden on a reserve where signage prohibits it.

Dead animals

If you find a dead animal on public land, report it to our Customer Service Centre on 1300 463 954 so it can be collected by our depot staff. If a dead cat or dog is found, they are taken to a local vet or the nearest Animal Care Facility to be scanned for a microchip. If identified, the owner will be notified.

It is the responsibility of the property owner or tenant to dispose of dead animals on private property. If the animal is a dog or cat, take it to a local vet or the nearest Animal Care Facility so it can be to be scanned for a microchip.

Dead animals found along the Pacific Highway, M1 or the other major arterial roads, should be reported to Roads and Maritime Services on 132 213.

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Last updated : Thu 18 Jun 2020