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Straying Livestock

Under the Impounding Act 1993, Council Rangers can impound livestock found straying in a public place. If you come across stray livestock on a road or in a public area and do not know the owner, please contact Council. Our Rangers will refer to Council records of stock owners and attempt to determine who may own the livestock. Where necessary to ensure public safety, our Rangers will also attend the location and attempt to return the stock to the property from which they came.

If it is not possible to ascertain who owns the animal/s, or if it is not possible to secure the animal/s on the property from which they came, Council will proceed to impound the animal/s. Once impounded, livestock are held for a period of 7 days, with release fees applicable if the owner comes forward to claim the animal/s. If an owner does not come forward to claim them after this time, they are sold at a stock auction. 

To avoid this happening, we are encouraging landowners and graziers to register their livestock with Council so in the case they do stray onto neighbouring properties or public roads, they can be promptly returned. It is free to register and all you have to do is simply call our Customer Service Team on 4992 4100 or email council@cessnock.nsw.gov.au and ask to add your animals to the stock register.

Council Rangers remind members of the public to be cautious around straying stock as they can often be unpredictable. If stock have strayed onto your property, you are able to impound the animal/s under the Impounding Act 1993. If you know who the owners are, you must notify them within twenty four (24) hours of impounding the animal/s. If the owner is not known or cannot be contacted, you are required to make arrangements to have the stock transported to Council’s Large Animal Pound. Our Customer Service team can provide you with assistance in arranging this. As a land owner, you are reminded that you have a responsibility under the Protection of Cruelty to Animals Act 1986 to feed and care for any animals impounded on your land until such time as they are transported elsewhere. Costs associated with this may be recovered from the stock owner, however this is a civil matter which Council cannot enforce. Local Land Services shares responsibility for stock health with the NSW Department of Primary Industries. If you see any stock that appears to be in ill health, contact RSPCA NSW.