Dog Attacks

Dog attacks in our neighbourhood are a serious concern and can cause a lot of distress for the parties affected.

Dog Attacks

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Dog attacks in our neighbourhood are a serious concern and can cause a lot of distress for the parties affected. Dog owners can be fined if their dog attacks a person or animal outside their property, someone accessing the front door of their property, or by someone invited onto the property.
An attack can lead to court action, and dog owners can face payouts for damages, and substantial fines if convicted.

In some cases the dog could be declared by Council Officers as a 'menacing dog' which requires the dog owner to have the dog microchipped and retained on a leash and muzzle while in public.

Dog owners who do not comply with menacing dog requirements can have their dog declared as a 'dangerous dog' which means stricter controls on the housing, exercise and ownership of dangerous dogs or in some situations the dogs can be ordered to be destroyed.

The owners of dangerous dogs can be jailed for up to 5 years if their dog endangers someone's life, or for up to 10 years if their dog kills someone.

Dog Owner's Responsibilities

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All dog owners must securely confine dogs to their property, or they risk being fined if their dog escapes.

A dog of any size or breed can become aggressive when defending its territory. Most dog attacks in public occur on a footpath or road surrounding the dog's property.

All dog owners must securely confine dogs to their property according to the Domestic (Feral and Nuisance) Animals Act 1994.

This means your yard must have a closed gate, and an escape-proof fence that your dog can not jump over, get under or walk through. You can be fined even if your dog doesn't leave your property but manages to get through your gates or fence.

Visitors to your home must have safe access to your front door without being stopped by your dog. Ensure your dog is properly confined, keep it in the backyard behind a locked gate.

A dog attack can be very distressing for everyone involved, particularly if the victim is a child or is badly injured. By securely confining your dog it will also be safe from other dogs, traffic injuries, and prevents the dog from becoming lost.

Complaints

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If you or your animal have been attacked by a dog, you can report the issue to be investigated by Council.

We understand the incident may have caused you a lot of distress, but it is important to write down details of the incident as early as possible to help the investigation process.

An Animal Ranger will investigate the matter and contact you about the incident as soon as possible.

Further Information:
Customer Service
Ph: 8470 8888