Animal control

Controlling animals and exterminating pests and vermin on Council-owned land, in public places and in our parks and reserves is the responsibility of Environmental Health staff, and the Parks and Reserves team.

The Environmental Health Division is also responsible for enforcing the Dog Control Act 1996 which includes dog registration, impounding and complaint investigation, education of the public and dog owners and enforcement of law and bylaws relating to dogs.

The Council also investigates nuisance and health and safety complaints such as stray animals, dogs kept for illegal fighting purposes, mistreatment of animals, and pests and vermin in food premises (flies, rats and mice etc). Food premises are also inspected to ensure they meet the the Council's standards.


Queens Park animals

The Queens Park animal reserve and aviary have been designed to enable children to view the animals and birds in safety. 

Related information

  • Cats

    Cats make great pets - if they are cared for. To reduce the number of strays owners are encouraged to de-sex their cats and to feed them inside.

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  • Dogs

    There are about 8,250 registered dogs in the Invercargill area. Enjoy your dog - but be aware of the rights of other people.

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  • Poultry and ducks

    Council advice about about ducks, poultry and the keeping of birds - and handy hints.

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  • Pests and vermin

    Rodents, vermin and pests are nuisances at best; they can also be hazardous and raise health and safety concerns.

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  • Lost animals

    If your animal is impounded by the Council you will need to identify the animal and pay the appropriate charge in full before it can be released.

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  • New pound to house dogs from Invercargill and Southland District

    “The opening of a joint dog control facility today has been a successful collaborative approach taken by the Invercargill City Council and the Southland District Council,” Mayor Tim Shadbolt said today.

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