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Published on 30 August 2021
Moyne Shire Council is reminding residents to practice responsible pet ownership, following a number of serious dog attacks in the Mortlake area.
Moyne Shire Manager of Environment and Regulatory Services, Mr Robert Gibson, reinforced the importance of responsible dog ownership in reducing the number of dog attacks.
“There has been an increase in the number of animal-related complaints received by Council’s Local Laws team, with two serious dog attacks in the Mortlake area reported this year,” said Mr Gibson.
Following an investigation, Council laid charges against the owner of two Blue Heelers, who were involved in several attacks, including a fatal incident involving the offending dogs and a neighbour’s family pet.
“While this incident has been particularly traumatic for the owners of the victim, it is also an important reminder that dog owners are legally responsible for the actions of their dogs and must maintain control of them at all times,” said Mr Gibson.
“Owners need to take full responsibility for their pets which means registering their dogs with Council, and ensuring they are securely confined inside their yard and not able to jump over the fence or escape.”
“Anyone who notices a stray dog or witnesses aggressive behaviour, is encouraged to contact Council’s Local Laws team immediately.”
“Council will continue to investigate reports regarding aggressive dogs to ensure our neighbourhoods and public spaces are safe.”