Dangers of Domestic Dogs to Livestock

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Dangers of Domestic Dogs to Livestock

Posted on: 08.12.2016

Councillors of Wollondily Shire have passed a Notice of Motion to raise awareness of the dangers domestic dogs can be to livestock and has committed to educate the community on best practice procedures to keep dogs and livestock safe.

Dog attacks from wild or domestic dogs can have a negative impact on farmers financially and emotionally. It is estimated to cost farmers thousands of dollars each year on lost income and can be an extremely unpleasant situation for all involved. It is also extremely distressing for the livestock involved as they are often left to suffer with horrific injuries before they die or before treatment can be provided.

Compliance Team Leader, David Savage, said “Attacks on livestock are most commonly carried out by dogs that have not been satisfactorily contained within their own property and what most dog owners don’t know is that under section 22 of the Companion Animals Act 1998, a farmer or their employees may lawfully seize and detain a dog on a property if they reasonably believe the dog may injure or kill livestock being farmed on that property. This includes injuring or destroying the dog in order to prevent the attack or loss of stock.”

Mr Savage also added that “Council takes all dog attacks seriously and the owner of a dog who allows it to attack and injure or kill livestock is responsible for the cost of the veterinary treatment for those animals. Legally, the owner of the livestock can take action against the dog owner to recover the cost of injured or killed animals.”

Owners are responsible for their pet’s actions and it is an offence under the Companion Animals Act 1998 for a dog to be in a public place and not be under the proper control of its owner. Dog owners must not allow their dogs to run free in a public place unless it is a designated off-leash area.

Dog attacks should be immediately reported to Council by phoning 02 4677 1100 - this number should also be used for after-hours attacks.

For further information contact Council’s Communications Section on 46 77 9644.