Owners have an obligation to make sure people and other animals are protected

Dangerous dogs

imagesOwners of dangerous dogs have a range of obligations they must meet to make sure people and other animals are protected.

The Domestic Animals Act 1994 allows for councils to declare a dog to be dangerous if it has caused serious injury to a person or animal, has been trained to attack, or is kept to guard non-residential premises.

Dog attacks

Dog attacks are a serious matter. Sadly, of those bitten most are children aged between one and four years old.

Any breed or size of dog can become aggressive when defending its territory. Most dog attacks happen in the home, public places, on footpaths or roads.

In our municipality a significant number of attacks happen on rural properties where livestock is involved.

If you are attacked or rushed at by a dog, report the incident immediately
Local Laws
Phone: (03) 5036 2346

When you contact us please provide all information including:

  • Time of the incident
  • Where it happened
  • Name of the dog owner (if known)
  • Dog registration number (if known)
  • A description of the dog
  • A detailed description on the incident
For more information on dog attacks, dangerous and menacing dogs:
Department of Environment and Primary Industries