Dog attacks spark warning

Staff ReporterGeraldton Guardian

The City of Greater Geraldton is warning dog owners to keep their pet under control at all times or risk being fined after a spike in dog attacks.

There has been 24 dog attacks reported in the last 30 days, which City of Greater Geraldton chief executive Ken Diehm said “is higher than normal.”

Owners that don’t have their dog on a leash in a public place face a $200 fine, while not having your dog under control can result in fines of up to $5000.

Prosecuted dog attacks that result in injury can attract fines of up to $10,000.

Mr Diehm said dog owners have a legal responsibility to keep their pets under control.

“According to the Dog Act 1976, dogs are not allowed in public places unless they are secured to a leash and the person holding the leash is capable of controlling the dog,” he said.

“The City … will have zero tolerance towards dog owners who are not taking responsibility for their pets.”

There are a number of designated areas across the City where dogs are allowed to be off their leash, including Sunset Beach and Eadon Clarke Sporting Grounds.

Mr Diehm said the majority of attacks happen to animals, including dogs, cats and livestock.

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