If a dog on the street attacks you or your pet what should you do?
Contact Council immediately on 3412 5397 to report the incident.
A Council officer will contact and/or attend your home to obtain a statement that will detail:
- Date and time and location of the attack
- Description of the dog, such as colour, breed and size
- Details of the dog's owner (if possible)
You can complete the Dog Attack Statement Form prior to the officer calling and/or attending your home.
If Council can identify the dog and determine where it came from, legal action may be taken against the dog's owner through infringement penallties and/or declaration of the dog. In some cases Council may seize the dog.
Am I responsible if my dog attacks?
You may be liable through civil action for injury to a person or animal as a result of an attack by your dog. Council also imposes harsh penalties and management requirements after a dog has attacked.
It is an offence under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 (PDF) to allow or encourage a dog to attack or cause fear to someone else or another animal. The maximum penalty that can be imposed is 300 penalty units through the Magistrates Court.
Your dog may be declared a "Regulated (dangerous or menacing) Dog" and you will be responsible for stringent controls as well as an annual Regulated (dangerous or menacing) Dog registration fee.
You can complete the Dog Atttack Statement Form prior to the officer calling and/or attending your home.