Weddin Shire Ranger Allison Knowles this week reminded Grenfell dog owners that they face minimum penalties of $1320 under the Companion Animals Regulation.
The minimum penalty has recently been increased.
"Concerns have been raised yet again in regard to the issue of straying dogs harassing/threatening/attacking/killing livestock," Ms Knowles said.
The definition of a "dog attack" under the Companion Animals Act 1998 is (quoted legislation):
"Any dog that rushes at, attacks, bites, harasses or chases any person or animal (other than vermin), whether or not an injury is caused to the person or animal (Section 16 (1)".
"This incurs a minimum penalty of $1,320 (a $770 increase) and means that your dog does not have to "kill" livestock for a $1,320 offence to have been committed," Ms Knowles said.
Additionally, under the Companion Animals Act 1998 Part 3 Section 22:
(5) If a dog that is not under the effective control of some competent person enters any Inclosed Lands within the meaning of the Inclosed Lands Protection Act 1901 and approaches any animal being farmed on the land, the occupier of the land, or any person authorised by the occupier can lawfully injure or destroy the dog if he or she reasonably believes that the dog will molest, attack or cause injury to any of those animals.
All incidences of this nature must be in compliance with the Firearms Owners Legislation.
Ms Knowles said if residents have any questions in relation to the Firearms Legislation they are asked to please contact Grenfell Police on 63 431222.
"We all know that owning a dog can improve and enhance your life," Ms Knowles said.
"A puppy will bring constant joy and amazement and provide you with endless love as you watch it grow and it becomes an important part of the family.
"But dog owners need to be aware that responsibilities need to be taken when you have purchased a dog.
"Research needs to be undertaken before you obtain the dog.
"Breed, temperament, size and how much exercise the dog will require needs to be studied carefully. Boredom leads to mischief.
"Obedience training can start at an early age, with the level of training increasing as your pup matures.
"This will not only help your dog become socially well adjusted but will help form a bond between the two of you.
"If you feel that you are too busy, do not lead the right lifestyle or are simply too lazy to put in any effort, please consider adopting a pet rock for company. You need to be committed and dedicated to every aspect of your dog's needs- physically, mentally and socially.
"And don't expect not to spend any money at your Vets.
"To ensure that both sheep and dogs can co-exist in the Grenfell Shire it is imperative that dogs have a secure backyard to prevent escape and are always under effective control when in a public place.
"This means that the dog must at all times have a collar and lead attached to a competent person unless in a designated off leash area."
Please contact Ms Knowles on 63 431540 if you need any further advice.
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