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Animal Nuisance, Harassment or Attack

Dog Attack Information

What to do if a dog attacks:

After a dog attack, you should seek medical and/or veterinary treatment as a priority.

When safe to do so, you must report the attack to Council. You can contact our animal management team on 8671 0010 or after-hours call 8671 0010 and press option 2 for immediate assistance.

Report the incident ASAP

Like all serious incidents, time is a critical factor in dealing with dog attacks. This is especially important if the offending dog is wandering at large and still poses a risk to the public or other animals.

To help Council investigators, please try to gather the following information before contacting us:

  • the date, time and exact location of the attack. If you’re not sure, use your GPS equipped smart phone to check on a map.
  • a description of the offending dog - name tag/collar, breed, colour, sex, markings, and the like.
  • If with another person - a description of the owner/person - name, address, contact phone number, male or female, age,  hair colour, clothing
  • if a car was involved and the offender drove away with the dog - car registration number,  make, model, colour
  • a description and photographs of any injuries and location on your body,the victim’s body and/or the pet's body.

You should also keep copies of any medical certificates, vet or doctor bills as evidence.

Please see the Dog Attack Information attachment for further information regarding - What happens when a dog is reported, who is responsible, potential fines, preventing dog bites and more.

Dog Attack Information(158 kb)