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Animal Control


There are approximately 180 dogs registered in the Shire of Leonora and it is also considered there could be up to 200 unregistered dogs. Registration not only ensures that the owner is complying with State legislation, but also provides a method for the Ranger to return your dog quickly. When a dog is impounded it can only be returned to its owner if the Ranger knows where it comes from.

As of November 1st, 2013 all dogs that need to be registered must be microchipped.

Registration fees are set by the State Government and the current costs are as follows:

Fees for Registering Dog
registration fee 1 year 3 years Lifetime
Sterilised* $20.00 $42.50 $100.00
Unsterilised $50.00 $120.00 $250.00
Sterilised (Pensioner) $10.00 $21.25 $50.00
Unsterilised (Pensioner) $25.00 $60.00 $175.00
Working Dogs** (Sterilised*) $5.00 $10.60 $25.00
Working Dogs** (Unsterlised) $12.50 $30.00 $62.50

 *Proof of sterilisation is required on application to obtain sterilised concession fees.

**A Proof of "Working" status must be shown on application to obtain Working Dog concession fees.


It is a state requirement that cats be microchipped, sterilised and registered within WA. This law came into place on 1st November, 2013 and Cat registratons now run alongside dog registrations. Registration and microchipping is required so that any cat found by the ranger can be returned to their rightful home.

An exemption can be obtained from your veterinarian in regards to non-sterilisation or Microchipping of your cat.

Registration fees are set by the State Government and the current costs are as follows:

Fees for Registering Cat
registration fee 1 year 3 years Lifetime
Sterilised* $20.00 $42.50 $100.00
Sterilised* (Pensioner) $10.00 $21.25 $50.00

 *Proof of sterilisation/Microchip or exemption must be shown on application.


If you wish to lodge a complaint about animals within the Shire of Leonora, you can fill in a form Online or download and print a Complaint Form that can be emailed to, posted to PO Box 56, Leonora, WA 6438 or handed into our Office at 16 Tower Street between 8am and 4.30pm Monday - Friday.

Common Complaints


A dog attack can take many forms, from a person or animal being chased and growled at, to a physical contact resulting in the death of an animal or serious injury to a person. All attacks should be reported to The Shire of Leonora, regardless of the severity of the attack. All complaints are confidential. A dog that has shown the propensity to attack may be declared as a Dangerous Dog and be subject to additional control requirements e.g. muzzled in public.


Neighbours are encouraged to speak to dog owners if they are concerned about excessive barking. If the barking continues to be unreasonable after speaking to the owners residents are encouraged to contact The Shire. A Nuisance Dog Form and Dog Barking Diary will be provided for the complainant to fill in over a seven day period. These documents will then be used to allow the Ranger to liaise with the dog owner and provide suggestions on how the barking may be reduced. Further action may be taken when/if required.

Dog Excreta

Dog owners are responsible for picking up after their dogs, they are encouraged to provide their own poo bags and need to be aware that failure to pick up after your dog in public may result in a $100 fine.

Dog Stray

Unfortunately it is impossible for the Ranger to identify dogs that are strays, and dogs that have homes without the dogs having appropriate ID, resulting in many dogs being impounded as Strays. This could easily be avoided if all fences and gates were secure, and all dogs wearing ID.