Dog owner to pay $13,000 after serious attack


A dog owner has been ordered to pay $13,000 and placed on a 12 month good behaviour bond after her dog attacked a woman and two small dogs in Taylors Lakes earlier this year.

Brimbank City Council successfully prosecuted the dog owner in the Sunshine Magistrates’ Court last month. The court ordered the woman to pay fines and costs totalling $13,000.

Brimbank Mayor Councillor Margaret Giudice welcomed the decision.

“Responsible pet ownership is extremely important to Brimbank Council and our community,” Cr Giudice said.

“Keeping your dog on a lead in public places is not only the responsible thing to do – it’s also a legal requirement under the Domestic Animal Act 1994.

“The success of this prosecution is also a reminder to everyone that there are legal consequences if your dog attacks another person or animal.”

The attack happened on Sunday 22 April at about 10am on a walking track along Taylors Creek, off Reed Crescent in Taylors Lakes.

A woman and her husband were walking their three dogs on leads, when a large German Shepherd attacked their Chihuahua and another dog.

The owner of the Chihuahua intervened – and suffered injuries to her face and hand.

The woman received medical treatment for her injuries and the two small dogs were treated at a local vet clinic – with one suffering a broken spine, broken ribs and puncture wounds; and another suffering multiple puncture wounds.

On Thursday 28 June the dog owner pleaded guilty to charges of:

  • Allowing a dog to attack and bite a person causing a serious injury to the face and hand requiring medical attention
  • Two counts of allowing a dog to attack and bite an animal causing serious injury requiring veterinary attention
  • Allowing a dog to be outside owner’s premises and not secured and confined during daytime
  • Failing to apply to register a dog being over three months old with the Municipal Council.

Council has declared the attacking dog a dangerous dog, which means it must be muzzled and on a lead when in public, along with other restrictions to ensure it is securely enclosed.

Brimbank Mayor Cr Margaret Giudice reminded all pet owners that dogs were legally required to be kept safe – on a lead in public places and with adequate fencing at home.

“Pets are an important part of many people’s lives, but pet ownership comes with important responsibilities and legal obligations.

“The safety of the Brimbank community is a priority for Council, and pet owners are reminded to be aware of their obligations under the law.

“This includes registering your dogs and cats with Council and microchipping them so they can be safely returned to you if they are lost.”

Any dog or cat three months of age or over must be registered with the local council in which the pet is kept. In Brimbank, all dogs and cats registered for the first time must be microchipped and desexed.

For more information about responsible pet ownership and your legal obligations, visit out Pets and Animals page.