Irresponsible man fined $2,500 over vicious dog attack

A man has been prosecuted by the Baw Baw Shire council after his dog attacked and killed another dog,  May of last year in Warragul. 

The dog’s owner pleaded guilty to all charges and was ordered to pay $1,007 in costs and $1,500 in compensation to the victim at a hearing at the Latrobe Valley Magistrates Court last week.

An elderly woman watched helplessly as her beloved pet was mauled to death because of the man’s ‘irresponsible behaviour’. 

“I hope this prosecution sends a clear message that the Council remains strong on its stance that any breach of the Domestic Animals Act carries significant consequences,” Mayor Joe Gauci said.

Cr Joe Gauci says dog attacks pose a significant threat to the community.

“Dog attacks pose a serious risk to the community, both to other animals and people”, Cr Gauci said.

“This is a timely reminder for pet owners that they need to be responsible and follow the rules we have in place to protect the health and wellbeing of our community.

Baw Baw Shire council described the man’s pet as menacing, following a less serious incident.

However, council decided not to have the dog muzzled.

When asked why this particular measure was not enforced, Baw Baw Shire council stated the act was not ‘in accordance with the Victorian Government’s menacing dog requirements.’

Council will now consider its options regarding the various dog control decisions that may be made under the Domestic Animals Act in respect of dogs that have been involved in attacks, to ensure other dogs don’t pose a risk to public safety.

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