Dog Attacks

What to do if a dog attacks

After a dog attack, you should seek medical or veterinary treatment as a priority.

When safe to do so, you must report the attack to the council. You can contact our Animal Management Team on (08) 8651 3566.

Report the incident ASAP

Like all serious incidents, time is a critical factor in dealing with dog attacks. This is especially important if the offending dog is wandering at large and still poses a risk to the public or other animals. To help council investigators, please try to gather the following information before contacting us:

You should also keep copies of any medical certificates, vet or doctor bills as evidence.

What happens when a dog is reported?

Who is responsible?

You are responsible for your dog’s actions. It is an offence for a dog to attack, harass or chase a person, another animal or a bird owned by a person.

Find out more from the Dog and Cat Management Act, 1995.

Depending on the severity of the attack, councils can:

If you have any questions contact council’s Animal Management Team on (08) 8651 3566.

Preventing dog bites

Dogs bite for many reasons. The most common reasons are fear, pain or confusion when mixing with people and other dogs. Ignoring signs of aggression can result in serious injury to you, a member of your family or others.  You can discourage biting by:

For more information on being a good dog owner, visit www.dogandcatboard.com.au

 

 

 
 
District Council of Peterborough
108 Main Street, PO Box 121
Peterborough SA 5422
Phone: 08 8651 3566
Fax: 08 8651 3066