Dog attacks should be reported to Council immediately.
Depending upon the severity of the attack the dog may also be seized, impounded and/or destroyed, in addition to the owner being fined and/or prosecuted. The dog may also be declared either a Dangerous Dog or Menacing Dog under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008. The owner must comply with legislated conditions for keeping a declared dog and will incur additional registration fees.
The complainant will be asked to complete a Statement of Dog Attack form (PDF 234KB) with sufficient information to provide Council with grounds to investigate. The identity of the complainant will remain confidential in any correspondence from Council. If the matter goes to Court, the complainant/s will be required to supply evidence in person. The following information will be required:
- Contact details of complainant - name, address and phone number
- Is the person still in danger of attack
- Is the dog still in the area
- Where exactly did the attack take place
- When did the attack take place (date and time)
- Was medical treatment required