Vicious dog attack leads to City Animal Control Team asking for help
City of Greater Geraldton Rangers have been investigating a dog attack where a much loved family dog was attacked on its owner’s porch.
Two dogs came onto a property on Kenny Cresent, Rangeway at approximately 4.20am on November 28, where they attacked the dog causing multiple injuries resulting in urgent veterinary treatment.
Rangers believe the larger white dog is a Bull Arab and the smaller brindle dog with white legs is a Staffordshire Bull Terrier (Staffy).
The City is reminding dog owners they have the responsibility to ensure the safety of not only their own dog, but other dogs and people too.
Dog attacks are a serious matter and owners are held responsible for the actions of their pet. A dog attack includes a dog aggressively rushing or attempting to attack a person or animal, as well as tearing clothing, biting or causing physical injury.
In some cases the court may order the dog to be destroyed.
Responsible ownership includes:
- Ensuring the animal is wearing a collar displaying owners name, address and Council registration tag attached when in public places
- Pet must be confined to the premises where it lives at all times
- Is held by a competent person capable of controlling a dog when in public
- In designated areas, dogs may be exercised off leash, however the person in control of the dog must carry a leash and restrain the dog when required
- Dog must be registered and micro-chipped in a person’s name over the age of 18 years
- Dangerous dogs must be declared.
Penalties for dog attacks can vary from $200 to $20,000 or potential imprisonment depending on the severity of the case.
If anyone can identify the two dogs or their owners, the City is urging them to please notify the Council as soon as possible on (08) 9956 6600.