The Geraldton Magistrates Court recently awarded the City of Greater Geraldton more than $8,000 to cover court costs and fines related to a dog attack that occurred in May 2014 in Mullewa.
The Magistrate ruled against the dog owner, and awarded the City a total of $8,466.30 for the dog attack sending a strong message to the community.
City of Greater Geraldton Mayor, Ian Carpenter, said dog owners need to be in control of their animals in public at all times or they will be held accountable if they are not.
“Dog owners have a legal responsibility to keep their pets under control, either within a fenced area on your own property and most certainly on a leash when in public,” he said.
“The fine for not having your dog on a lead in a public place is $200 and not having your dog under control can attract fines up to $5,000.
“A dog attack is a very serious matter and if your dog attacks a person or another animal you will be held responsible.
“This Court ruling which includes the accused having to pay the court costs sends a clear message to dog owners that if they do not take their responsibility seriously they will be penalised,” Mayor Carpenter added.
Penalties for dog attacks range from $3,000 to $20,000 with the potential for imprisonment.