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Pet Parents – You are Responsible for Your Dogs Behaviour

Moree Plains Shire Council is calling on pet parents to put greater effort into making sure yards keep canine family members contained and dogs are leashed when walking, after an increase in reports of dog attacks.

Director of Planning and Community Development Angus Witherby explained that just this year there have been 147 cases of menacing behaviour from dogs and 69 cases of actual dog attacks that have been reported to Moree Plains Shire Council.

“There is no doubt canines and their families have a special connection, but a gentle family pet can be quite a different dog when it gets in a fight with another dog or comes unexpectedly across a strange child.”

“Our Council Rangers often hear the plea ‘…but he is so good with our kids’ when the family pet has been identified as menacing or dangerous, but the reality is as Council, we owe it to our community to err on the side of caution.”

“If your dog is the subject of a notice of intent to declare it menacing or dangerous, there is a reason and that reason is because the dog has been clearly identified as posing a risk to other animals and people.”

Many people think it is up to Council's Rangers to solve the problem of roaming dogs, when in fact the responsibility lies with the owner.

Every person who owns a dog is responsible for its actions.

No matter how well we think we can control our dogs with voice alone, at times this will not be sufficient. If you are walking your dog without a lead, it may only take child on a skateboard or another animal to come into its sights to have your dog run and potentially attack.

Worse still, take a drive around town - there’s way too many dogs enjoying their freedom in the streets – unrestricted by their owners and fouling the ground. They are a risk to community members, other pets and drivers – and themselves.

Our community’s safety requires Council acts on every report we receive.

For the canine’s family, there is an appeals process and yes, mitigating circumstances will be taken into account but at the end of the day, no one wants to give a menacing or dangerous dog a second chance to maul a beloved pet or put a child in hospital.

Keep your dog secure in its yard and keep your dog on a leash and under control when it is out. It's really that simple.

 Dog attack  This little poodle silky X was brutally savaged when wandering dogs forced their way into her yard.  The pooch was saved by neighbours who came to her aid and forcible removed the Staffordshire Terriers from her.  

This little poodle silky X was brutally savaged when wandering dogs forced their way into her yard.  The pooch was saved by neighbours who came to her aid and forcible removed the Staffordshire Terriers from her.

Council wishes to clarify that the recent press release regarding dogs does not refer to any specific incident or area within the Shire.

Council is unaware of which dog or dogs might have been involved in the attack on the dog shown in the photo, which was the subject of an attack earlier this year.