Dog Attacks

Staying safe around dogs

All dog owners hope their pet won't show aggression towards other animals or people, but it can happen for many reasons.
Often it is a sign of irresponsible ownership and is against the law. Pet owners are always responsible and legally liable for the actions of their animals.
We need to protect our community from the danger and fear of dog attacks. People have a right to feel safe in the community.
It is the responsibility of pet owners to ensure people are protected and public areas are safe for everyone to enjoy.
Aggressive animals have no place in public areas unless under close and direct supervision.
If you are attacked or your dog is involved in a dog attack, please contact the Animal Health Team on 0448 058 394.

Responsible ownership

  • Always supervise children around dogs. Dog play can become rough and may sometimes result in a bite. Constantly monitor your children when a dog is around and never leave babies or young children alone with a dog.
  • Keep children away from a dog if it is sleeping, feeding (especially chewing a bone) or if recovering from an illness or injury.
  • Always check to see that your fencing or dog enclosure is secure. Keeping your dog confined will greatly lessen the risk to others in the community.
  • Always use a leash when walking your dog in public and make sure you are watching your pet to monitor and control the situation.

Impact on victims and penalties

Being bitten or attacked by a dog can produce serious physical, psychological and emotional effects, not only for the person who is attacked but also for the owner of the attacking dog. Even if the victim is not bitten, the threat of the attack can cause lasting trauma.

If your dog attacks a person or animal:

  • You could be fined;
  • Your dog may be declared dangerous;
  • You may face legal action.