After a serious dog attack in the region over the weekend, Central Highlands Regional Council is reminding people that it has zero tolerance towards wandering animals and control over pets is the responsibility of owners.
Mayor Kerry Hayes said it’s paramount that dogs are kept under effective control.
‘If a dog escapes from its yard or runs off, any damage or harm it causes is ultimately the owner’s responsibility,’ he said.
‘The cost of this can be high, both financially and emotionally for everyone involved.
‘We haven’t seen a serious dog attack for some time, but last weekend’s incident is a reminder that animals need to be kept under control.
‘This means using a leash in public places, including on the back of a ute, and providing a secure enclosure at home.
‘Nobody wants to be attacked by a dog or see their dog attack another animal or person.’
Mayor Hayes said people should report roaming dogs to council.
‘If you catch a roaming dog, don’t take matters into your own hand,’ he said.
‘Please leave it to our trained rangers to locate the owner and return the animal.
‘And, if you’re wanting to become a pet owner, carefully consider your decision.
‘Rangers have collected more than 600 dogs in the last year, many of those were surrendered or dumped.’
For more information on owning a pet in the Central Highlands, click here. To report a roaming dog contact council on 1300 242 686.