Dogs in Rural Communities

Council gets enquiries regarding potential action to be taken in the event of animals being attacked by dogs.

All reports of attacks on livestock, as well as other incidents of dog attacks in our city area, will be investigated.  To progress with any case, the actual attack must have been witnessed, and the animals able to be identified.  The witness of the attack must be willing to complete a statutory declaration and appear in court as a witness for Council, if necessary.

Just sighting a dog in their property when there is a dead animal present is not sufficient evidence, nor is having dogs continually enter their property, and then assuming the attack was caused by these animals.

Council does not have the power to ask someone to destroy their animal after an attack.

Council can declare a dog dangerous, following which, the owner must abide by the Companion Animal Act and Regulations, which places restrictions on owning a declared dangerous dog.  The restrictions must be complied with, or they can surrender the animal to Council, and it will be subsequently destroyed.

The Court is the only authority who can order an owner to destroy their animal.

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