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Council is urging dog owners to exercise caution following a number of recent dog attacks in the shire.

Friday 9 June 2017

While dogs are often described as man’s best friend, it’s important to remember that they can also be unpredictable.

Mount Alexander Shire Council is aware of a number of cases where seemingly friendly dogs have attacked people, in some instances resulting in hospitalisation.

“Being attacked by a dog is a terrifying experience for people of any age, and can often have long-lasting physical and psychological effects,” said Wayne O’Toole, Civic Compliance Coordinator, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“We remind dog owners that they are responsible for ensuring their pet is not a risk to people or other animals,” said Mr O’Toole.

“If you’re concerned about the behaviour of your dog make sure you keep it on lead when exercising and have them wear a muzzle if necessary.”

Pet owners should make sure their dog can’t escape from the yard, particularly when they are left home alone.

“If your pet does escape from your yard it’s important that they are registered and microchipped so they can be returned to you.

“We also urge parents and carers to reiterate to children that they check with the owner before they pat a dog they don’t know,” said Mr O’Toole.

Council’s Local Laws teams investigates all instances of dog attacks. To report a dog attack or a lost or found animal phone Council on 5471 1700.


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