ATTACK: Whyalla City Council is urging dog owners to be more responsible in the wake of a dog attack on Loring Street.
Whyalla City Council is urging dog owners to be more responsible in the wake of an incident on Loring Street.
Whyalla City Council acting team leader ranger services Rachel Coles said the council was aware of the dog attack on Loring Street but was unable to comment specifically about the incident as it was still investigating what happened.
“Council does have a process for assessing appropriate actions to be taken when dealing with a dog that has attacked,” she said.
“These actions range from a formal caution or warning, issuing an expiation notice for attack/harrass/chasing a person, animal or bird, placing orders on dogs requiring certain action be taken, [including] desexing, microchipping and training.
“Or, in extreme circumstances, prosecution in court and/or request for destruction of an unduly dangerous dog.”
Ms Coles said the council’s animal management officers were authorised to take action under the Dog and Cat Management Act 1995.
“The aim of the Act is to ensure owners who keep a dog are responsible and accountable for their dog’s behaviour in the community,” she said.
“Along with various other requirements, dogs must be registered, must not be allowed to wander at large and must not be allowed to attack, harass or chase a person, animal or bird.
“It [an attack] is an offence under the Act and there are a number of options available to officers depending on the severity of the attack and any previous history of the dog.”
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