Claiming your impounded animal

  • A dog is held for a period of five days.
  • Acat is held for a period of three days.
  • Livestock are held for a period of five days.

If your pet has been impounded, you can claim them back by contacting Council on 1300 308 461 or attending one of Council’s Customer Service Centre at 65 Rankin Street Mareeba or 18-22 Arara Street Kuranda.

Prior to collecting your animal from the Mareeba Animal Refuge, you will need to attend one of the Council’s Customer Service Centres to;

Please be advised that you may receive a penalty infringement notice if the animal was in breach of Council’s Local Laws.

Note: it is the owner’s responsibility to appropriately deal with any dispute over the ownership of the animal. Council will reference registration and microchip records to determine the legal owner.

Unclaimed animals

After the required holding period, if an animal is unclaimed it becomes the property of Council.

  • Cattle may be sold at the weekly Mareeba Saleyard sales
  • All other livestock may be sold through a Council auction, put up for adoption or as a last resort, if not suitable for rehoming be euthanised.
  • Dogs and cats may be put up for adoption or as a last resort, if not suitable for rehoming be euthanised.