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Dangerous dog destroyed after attack

Community’s safety is highest priority: Dangerous dog destroyed

By Portal Admin - 29th November 2017 - Back to News

A dog, previously declared as dangerous, has been destroyed following an attack on a person in Moe in September. The dog’s co-owners were found guilty of several offences and fined and disqualified from owning or being in control of a dog for 12 months. The matter was heard at Latrobe Valley Magistrates’ Court last week.

Latrobe City Council’s general manager city development, Phil Stone, said the community’s safety was Council’s highest priority.

"The law requires that a declared animal must be confined inside its premises and if it is outside, it must be muzzled and on a leash. On the day of the attack the animal was not confined. It was on the veranda and able to escape into the road.

"The dog had been declared dangerous on 6 July 2017. The attack occurred on 4 September 2017. On the day of the incident, when Council officers visited the owners at home, it was apparent they had not complied with the law," Mr Stone said.

"Our concern is always with the community. Residents and visitors must be able to walk our streets without fear of being attacked by roaming animals. Owners of dogs that are declared dangerous must comply with the requirements of the Domestic Animals Act," Mr Stone concluded.


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