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Dog Attacks

Prevention is better than cure

In the 2017/2018 financial year, 625 dog attacks involving a bite occurred in Logan City. Attacks by dogs on humans, other companion animals and livestock are largely preventable.

For more information on preventing dog attacks, refer to the Dog Attack Fact Sheet.

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   (PDF 249 KB) 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 Attack Statement Form prior to the officer calling and/or attending your home.

What can owners' do to keep their dogs and the community safe

Preventing a dog attack is the owner's responsiblity (by law).  Keep your dog and the community safe by:

  • regularly checking your fence and shut the gate; your dog shouldn't be able to go over, under or through the fence
  • when out in public, keep your dog on a leash no more than 2 metres in length unless in a designated off-leash area and ensure you can control your dog whilst on leash
  • train your dog to return to you on command when in an off-leash area.  Recall training doesn't take long and provides great stimulation for your pet
  • socialising your pet to decrease aggression, fear or anxiety behaviours towards other dogs and people; and
  • desexing your pet; desexing greatly decreases the risk or wandering or displaying aggressive behaviour.

Council acknowledges that whilst the majority of dogs living within the City are well behaved, high risk or menacing dogs will not be tolerated. Council thoroughly investigates each reported incident under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008.