Mansfield Shire Council is reminding residents to properly confine their dogs, following an increase in stray dogs found wandering the streets.
Mansfield Mayor, Cr Marg Attley OAM said unrestrained dogs are a risk to everyone, as research shows that 80% of dog attacks in public places occur because dogs are not adequately confined to the owner’s property.
“Dog attacks also occur in areas where residential properties border rural land with dogs wandering into farming land and attacking or harassing stock,” Cr Attley said
“In order to keep the community, the dog and other animals safe, it is the dog owner’s responsibility to care for and control it,” she said.
“When dogs are securely housed, they are safe from fights with other dogs or getting hit by a car. With the increase in stray dogs, obviously some are not securely housed.
The fine for a dog at large is $248.
“This can be avoided by ensuring dog owners have an escape-proof fence and closed gates,” Cr Attley said.
If you have any questions regarding your rights and responsibilities as a dog owner, contact the Local Laws Office for advice 5775 8555.