A dog attack is not only when it bites. It is also when it rushes, chases, harasses or attacks a person or animal regardless of whether or not an injury is caused to the person or animal.
Report it immediately
We investigate all dog attacks that are reported to us.
- Report a dog attack to the police on 000 regardless of whether it is on private or public property.
- If you are the victim of a dog attack or witness a dog attack report the incident to us as soon as possible.
If the attack occurs after business hours you can contact your local police station.
Owners are to ensure their dogs are:
- Contained with adequate fencing to prevent escape from the property where it is being kept.
- Under effective control when in a public place.
- On a lead at all times when in public unless in a designated dog off leash area.
- To only be walked by a person over the age of 16 years old.
Owners may also be liable through civil action for injury to a person or animal as a result of an attack by their dog.
Council will take action against dog owners who disregard their responsibilities. Council has the authority to impose harsh penalties and management requirements after a dog has attacked, including declarations that a dog is dangerous, menacing or a restricted breed. Council also has the power under the Companion Animals Act to seize animals who have attacked a person or animal.