We are all aware of the need to protect our community from the danger and fear of dog attacks. People have a right to feel safe in the community and it is the responsibility of pet owners to ensure the protection of others and to keep public areas safe for people to enjoy.
Pet owners are responsible and legally liable for the actions of their animals.
Regardless of the size or breed, all dogs can bite if provoked, potentially causing serious injury or death. All dog owners hope their pet won’t show aggression towards other animals or people, but this can and does happen for many reasons.
The reasons for dog attacks are many and varied. From nips to bites to actual attacks, dog bites are a serious problem both in public areas and in our homes.
AlburyCity works hard to try to reduce dog attacks through legislation and public education. Find some useful information below to help you manage your dog's behaviour.
Learn to detect early signs of aggression
Does your dog ever tense up, stare, raise its hackles, growl, lift its lips or snap, when:
- eating or food is around?
- its ears, paw, tail or belly is touched?
- someone goes near its bed or toys?
- someone tries to move the dog from a comfortable spot?
- it is told off?
- someone puts on its collar?
- someone grabs the dog, or tries to pick it up?
- it is approached by people, children or other dogs?
- Does your dog lunge out at people or dogs walking past?
- Does your dog rush out barking and growling at passers-by?
If the answer is ‘yes' to any of these questions, your dog may be aggressive. These are all early warning signs. Seek professional advice to control your dog's behaviour.
Many people keep dogs for companionship and protection. However, some dogs can become overly protective of their property, leading to aggressive barking and fence rushing whenever someone approaches or goes past the property. Such behaviour can be frightening to people, especially children, the elderly and the infirm.
It is an offence for a dog to rush at or approach a person in a manner as to cause or give cause for fear or alarm.
Should a complaint be made, Rangers are required to investigate and may issue notices or fines.