Dog attacks

All dogs, regardless of their size and breed, are territorial by nature.

An attack may involve a dog biting another animal or person, these incidents are considered serious in nature. In addition, it is also an offence for a dog to rush at or chase a person.

Generally, dog attacks occur in public places and close to the property boundary of the house where the dog lives. For that reason it is important to ensure your dog is always securely confined.

If you own a dog that rushes at, chases or bites someone who is either outside your property or trying to access your front door, you may be liable for damages and you could be charged with offences relating to the Domestic Animals Act 1994.

Dog attacks pursued through court can result in the owner being convicted of offences and possible destruction of the animal.

Reporting a dog attack

To report a dog attack call our Local Laws team on 9243 8888 as soon as possible after the attack has occurred. When you contact us, please provide of relevant information, including:

  • Where it happened
  • Time and date of the incident
  • If known, the name of the dog owner
  • Description of the dog
  • Any additional details descripting the incident

More information

For additional information about dog attacks, please contact our Animal Management team on 9243 8888.

Last updated: Tuesday, 11 June 2019, 5:03 AM