District Council of

Loxton Waikerie

Dog attacks

What to do if a dog attacks

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

When safe to do so, you must report the attack to the relevant council. You can contact our animal management team on 8584 8000.

 

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, council may:

 

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 the Dog and Cat Management Board website

 
 
Administration
Principal Office - Loxton
29 East Terrace
Phone: 08 8584 8000
Branch Office - Waikerie
Strangman Road
Phone: 08 8541 0700
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Loxton
On the Roundabout - Bookpurnong Terrace
Phone 08 8584 8071
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12911 Sturt Highway
Phone: 08 8541 2332
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Phone: 08 8541 0720