Dog attacks

Preventing dog attacks

If you own a dog, you are responsible for keeping your dog in a suitable enclosure. You are also responsible for keeping your dog under effective control when you are out in public areas.

Hundreds of dog attacks are reported and investigated in our city each year. To help prevent dog attacks, please make sure that you:

  • check your fence and shut your gate – your dog should not be able to go over, under or through your fence or gate
  • keep your dog on a leash of no longer than 2 metres when you are in public areas, unless you are in a designated off-leash area
  • train your dog to return to you when called in an off-leash area
  • make sure you can control your dog on a leash
  • socialise your dog – this can help to decrease aggression, fear or anxiety with other dogs and people
  • de-sex your dog – this can decrease dog wandering and aggressive behaviour
  • supervise your kids around dogs – running, yelling, hitting or pulling a dog’s fur will increase the risk of a dog bite.

Report a dog attack

To report a dog attack, please call us immediately on 07 3412 3412.

An officer from our Animal Care Team will contact you as soon as possible. Our officer will want to discuss:

  • the date, time and location of the attack
  • a description of the dog – things like the colour, breed and size
  • any injuries received
  • details of where the dog lives or the dog's owner (if you know).

While the incident is fresh in your memory, please download and fill in a Dog attack statement form (PDF 461 KB).

If we can identify the dog, we can take action. Depending on the situation, we may issue an infringement notice, take legal action, declare the dog dangerous or, in some cases, seize the dog.

Am I responsible if my dog attacks?

If your dog attacks and injures a person or another animal, you may be responsible and you may be liable through civil action. We may fine you and we may declare the dog a Regulated (dangerous or menacing) dog.

Our Animal Care Team will investigate and enforce appropriate actions under the Queensland Government – Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008.

For more information about dog attacks, please download our Dog attack factsheet (PDF 435 KB), call us on 07 3412 3412 or email us at