Rangers concerned at continuing level of dog attacks in the Tweed

Tweed Shire Council

Dog owners are urged to keep their pets under control at all times with Council Rangers concerned at the number of dog attacks continuing to be reported across the Tweed.

In the first 4 months of this year, 16 dog attacks have been investigated by Council Rangers.

A total of 119 incidents were reported to Council in 2022.

In the latest attack investigated by rangers over the weekend, a small dog was attacked and killed by two dogs at Tweed Heads. The attacking dogs have since been surrendered to Council.

Council’s Team Leader – Rangers Kristian Pakula said the continuing number of dog attacks was worrying, not just as it impacts the safety of the local community but because it shows people are not getting the message.

“Dog owners need to ensure their animals are always under effective control,” Mr Pakula said.

“Residents and visitors to the Tweed need to understand the importance of keeping their dogs on leads at all times, unless in a designated off-leash area.

“Council is urging residents to understand that under NSW legislation, the owner or person in control of a dog is liable for the actions of that dog. This includes where a dog rushes at, attacks, harasses or chases any person or animal, as well as liability for any resulting injury to a person or damage to property.

“In addition, your dog may be declared menacing or dangerous, requiring it to be muzzled and wear an identifying dangerous dog collar while in public, and kept within a specific enclosure while at home.

“Our rangers will continue to remain extra vigilant to ensure dogs are on leash, so please do the right thing or face a fine.”

The Companion Animals Act requires that dogs in a public place must be under the effective control of a competent person by means of an adequate chain, cord or leash that is attached to the dog and held by (or secured to) the person.

The fine currently applicable for the offence of a dog not being under the effective control of a competent person is $330. Failing to take all reasonable precautions to prevent a dog from escaping from the property on which it is being kept is also an offence.

If you are ever in immediate danger from an aggressive animal, call the police on Triple 0. If you are the victim of a dog attack, please report it to Council immediately on 02 6670 2400. By not reporting it at the time, you may be putting the community at risk.

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