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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 relevant council. You can contact our animal management team on the Council's direct line 08 8628 2004.

If you’re not sure which council to contact, you can find a map of South Australia’s council boundaries here.

Report the Incident

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:

  • The date, time and exact location of the attack. If you’re not sure, use your GPS equipped smart phone to check on a map.
  • A description of the offending dog (registration disc, name tag, breed, colour, sex, markings, collar size and colour).
  • A description of the owner (name, address, contact phone number, male or female, age,  hair colour, clothing).
  • If a car was involved and the offender drove away with the dog (car registration number, make, model, colour).
  • A description and photographs of any injuries and location on your body or your pet's body.

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

What happens when a dog is reported?

  • Authorised Council investigators may take a statement.
  • Photos may be taken of any injuries to yourself, or your animals or birds.
  • The dog's owner may be contacted to get their side of the incident.
  • Investigators could seek witness statements and other evidence.
  • Investigators assess the circumstances and evidence and make a decision for action.
  • Council will then issue legal notices as required inform the parties of the outcome.

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:

  • Issue a warning.
  • Impose an on the spot fine of $315.
  • Take a direct course of action (in more serious cases).
  • Impose a control order (Nuisance, Dangerous Dog, Menacing Dog, or Destruction Order).
  • The maximum penalty for a dog attack is $2,500.

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:

  • Socialising your dog from an early age so that it learns how to mix with other dogs and other people in public.
  • Avoiding situations that may cause your dog to become nervous or anxious.
  • Training your dog - obedience classes help you learn about your dog, its body language and how you can communicate with it.
  • Desexing your dog. Research shows that, on average an entire dog is more aggressive. Note that desexing dog will be mandatory (with exemptions) from 1 July 2018.
  • Asking your vet for advice if your dog shows any signs of aggression towards people.

For more information on being a good dog owner, visit the Dog and Cat Management Board website.

Dog Registration

Councils are required by 'the Act' to keep a register of dogs in the local area. To ensure the register is kept up to date, dog registrations are renewed every financial year. All dogs aged 3 months or over, living on the property longer than 14 days must be registered with Council. Persons registering a dog must be 16 years of age or older.

To register a dog you will need to:

  • Complete an application form
  • Pay a registration fee (pensioner concessions and other rebates are available)

Once the dog has been registered you will be issued with:

  • A certificate of registration
  • A registration disc (this must be worn by the dog at all times)

Failure to register a dog is an offence under 'the Act' and the owner or person responsible for the dog may be fined.

Following the registration of a dog you are required to notify Council as soon as possible if the following events occur:

  • The dog is moved to another premises
  • The dog dies or is missing for more than 72 hours
  • Ownership of the dog is transferred to another person

For Dog Registration forms, please visit our forms page and for registration fees please see our Fees & Charges.

 

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District Council of Cleve

10 Main Street, Cleve SA 5640

PO Box 36, Cleve SA 5640

T: 08 8628 2004

F: 08 8628 2428

E: council@cleve.sa.gov.au

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