Council investigating dog attack in Home Hill

Burdekin Shire Council is investigating a dog attack which occurred on private property at Home Hill yesterday.

Council’s Governance and Local Laws Manager Dan Mulcahy said the victim of the attack was working at the time and received injuries which required hospital treatment.

“One of the dog owners was present at the time of the attack and worked to control the dogs and provided assistance to the victim until an ambulance arrived,” he said.

“Our Animal Management team is currently gathering statements from all parties. Once we have all the relevant information, we will decide on what course of action we will take.

“The owners of the dogs have cooperated with Council and have undertaken steps to ensure the dogs are secure on the property and are not a risk to public safety.”

Mr Mulcahy said since January 1 there had been 35 reported dog attacks on people and 42 reported dog attacks on animals.

“Dog attacks are a very serious matter and Council has, under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008, successfully prosecuted a number of dog owners in the past year who were fined up to $1200 plus court costs,” he said. “Two of these attacks were on a child and one was on another dog.

“Currently we have 26 animals in our Shire that have been declared menacing or dangerous and seven of those were declared this year.”

Mr Mulcahy said it was important that all dog owners kept their animals in an enclosure that prevented any part of the animal escaping or leaving the enclosure.

“Gates must be kept shut and, if you have a driveway, make sure the animals are restrained while vehicles enter or leave your property,” he said.

“Owners should also be aware that even though your dog may be friendly to you, it doesn’t mean it won’t hurt, scare or attack someone else. This doesn’t just relate to larger dogs – all breeds are capable of attacking, even in the presence of their owner.

“Dogs that have attacked or caused fear could be declared as a regulated dog by Council.

“As a regulated animal there will be stringent rules applied to the dog for the rest of its life such as higher registration fees (currently $348), it must be desexed, there will be specific fencing requirements in which to keep the animal, council must be advised if the dog is moved to another location or given to another person, a yellow regulated tag must be worn at all times by the animal and it will have to be muzzled when it’s taken off the property or out of its enclosure.”

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