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Being a Responsible Pet owner means knowing where you pet is at all times. It is your responsiblity to make sure your dog does not trespass on other peoples property or pose a physical risk to a person or animal.

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Dog attacks are taken very seriously within our shire. The number of incidents seem to be on the increase. Not all attacks are reported to council, as some feel they maybe minor incidents.

In the event of a dog attack notify Council immediately on 5232 9400. Officers will investigate the scene and apply the appropriate action.

Dogs can be declared as mencing dogs, which requires the owner to make sure the dog is on a leash, and muzzled when outside its property.

Dogs can also be declared as dangerous dogs, which requires the owner to keep the dog indoors or in a enclosure which is child & escape proof. The owner must display dangerous dog warning signs to the front of there property. The dog must have a microchip, wear a prescribed collar, and must by muzzled and on a lead whilst it is outside the owners' premises.

If your dog rushes, attacks a person or animal you could be presecuted and may be liable for any damage it causes. If you are convicted of dog rush or attack in court, a magistrate may issue a destruction order for the dog.

So be a responsible pet owner and know where your dog is at all times.

Please note council will not get involved in domestic and neighbourhood disputes.


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