Dog attacks on the increase

Dog attacks on stock are on the increase in the area. Community members are asked to be vigilant around stock.
Dog attacks on stock are on the increase in the area. Community members are asked to be vigilant around stock.

The Crookwell Gazette has been notified on recent dog attacks in the Wheeo and Bialla area with an estimated $15,000 in damages to sheep.

Council has been advised of a number of attacks over the last three weeks in the town area as well.

This is of concern as the attacks appear to be taking place in the area of Harley and Reservoir Roads Crookwell and enquiries thus far indicate up to three dogs being involved.

Council’s Ranger Warrick Dunstan said, “Whilst attacks on livestock are more frequent on the fringes of residential areas, domestic and feral dogs will travel extended distances.”

Ranger Dunstan reminds residents that penalty infringements can exceed $550 per attacking dog should there be enough evidence to support such action however should the matter proceed to court a magistrate may impose far greater penalties. “Owners need to also appreciate that they may be held liable for any loss that their animal causes.  

“Dogs that are in the act of attacking livestock may be destroyed where it is safe to do so and reasonable steps to stop the attack have been taken.

“Where this option is not taken at the time of the attack and the owner of an attacking dog is identified Councils Ranger will discuss the options with the attacking dog.

Where a dog attack is taking place after hours the public are able to report the attack to the local police by phoning the Police Assistance Line on 131 444.

In the case of an emergency only contact 000.

During business hours contact Council on 4830 1000.

“Council unfortunately sees a steady stream of dogs entering its pound.

“Whist every effort is made to return the animal to its owner or rehome the animal there is no guarantee of this taking place.

Upper Lachlan Council’s Ranger said, ”It will cost a minimum of $51 to have a dog or cat released from the council pound and in the event that there is a failure to claim an animal on the first day the cost of release will increase.

Mr Dunstan said, “Dog owners should remember it is their responsibility to ensure that their dog is kept in a way that does not interfere in a way that adversely affects another person.

“This can be achieved by providing suitable effective enclosures to house your animal and remember to exercise them daily.

“In the event that you have an issue with a particular animal approach the owner and speak to them about the issue.

“Speaking with your neighbours is still okay and you might find the approach works.

“If you have concerns about dogs that have attacked or savage contact Council or the local police who will take action where required.

  • Information surrounding the keeping of dogs and cats is able to be found on the Office of Local Government website. Phone Council on 0248301000 for more information.