Dog Attacks on the Increase


A 72 per cent increase in dog attacks in last quarter compared to the same period last year has promoted a plea for dog owners to be more responsible.

There have been 24 dog attacks in the last three months, taking the total to 72 for the year.

Acting Local Laws Manager Stephen Thomson said the latest spike is quite disturbing.

“Dog owners need to review safety obligations to keep the community safe.

“During the past few months we’ve seen an increase in dog attacks and in the severity of the injuries.”

The number of victims requiring hospital treatment has also increased.

Recently a delivery driver was attacked while delivering a package to a home. The driver spent three days in hospital after suffering a serious injury.

“We want to remind dog owners of their obligations leading into the Christmas period. Dogs must be on lead in public areas and owners must ensure their dog cannot escape their property, especially with kids at home,” Mr Thomson said.

In off leash areas, owners must still have effective control of their animals. The failure to do so may result in Council taking action including warnings, fines, and in serious cases, prosecutions.

Residents are urged to check fences and gates to make sure pets can’t escape or nip passers-by.

Before heading out for a day at the beach or park check Council’s website for information on where they can play with their dog safely, without causing fear or harm to other open space users.

Local Laws officers will actively patrol the beaches and parks over the holiday period to keep our open spaces safe for enjoy for everyone.