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Local prosecuted for dog attack

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On Friday 30 April, an Irishtown man was found guilty of charges relating to a dog attack that occurred at a farming property in Glenluce on Tuesday 16 February 2021.

Wednesday 5 May 2021

On Friday 30 April, an Irishtown man was found guilty of charges relating to a dog attack that occurred at a farming property in Glenluce on Tuesday 16 February 2021.

The case was heard at the Castlemaine Magistrates Court, and the dog owner was convicted and ordered to pay $4,000 in fines, $2,540 in other costs, and ordered to pay $7,116 to the farmer in compensation for the loss of sheep and associated veterinary costs.

“The incident involved two dogs trespassing onto a property and mauling and killing a number of sheep,” said Jeffry Amy, Local Laws Coordinator, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

“The two dogs killed eight sheep, with a further four sheep euthanised following the attack due to the extent of their injuries. 17 other sheep required medical treatment as a result of injuries sustained in the attack,” said Mr Amy.

One of the dogs, a Staffy Cross, was destroyed at the scene of the attack. The second dog is a female Bull Arab Cross that has been seized by Council.

“While the vast majority of pet owners do the right thing we encourage the community to report dog attacks or problem pets to Council.

“Incidents of dogs rushing at or attacking people or animals should be reported immediately.”

Details required include the date, time and location of the incident, the description of the offending dog, its location if known, and injuries sustained as a result of the incident.

Council is reminding residents that all dogs must be registered at all times, and must be contained on the owner’s premises, or under effective control.



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