For an immediate response on a dog attack please call the Council office on 8862 0800. During after hours, please call 0418 846 047.
After a dog attack, you should be to seek medical or veterinary treatment as a priority. When safe to do so, you must report the attack to Council. If you’re not sure which council to contact, you can find a map of South Australia’s council boundaries here
Report the incident ASAP
Like all serious incidents, time is a critical factor in dealing with dog attacks. This is especially important if the offending dog is wandering at large and still poses a risk to the public or other animals. To help council investigators, please try to gather the following information before contacting us:
- the date, time and exact location of the attack. If you’re not sure, use your GPS equipped smart phone to check on a map
- a description of the offending dog - registration disc, name tag, breed, colour, sex, markings, collar size and colour
- a description of the owner - name, address, contact phone number, male or female, age, hair colour, clothing
- if a car was involved and the offender drove away with the dog - car registration number, make, model, colour
- a description and photographs of any injuries and location on your body or your pet's body.
You should also keep copies of any medical certificates, vet or doctor bills as evidence.
What happens when a dog is reported?
- Authorised Council investigators may take a statement or affidavit from you
- Photos may be taken of any injuries to yourself, or your animals or birds.
- The dog's owner may be contacted to get their side of the incident.
- Investigators could seek witness statements and other evidence
- Investigators assess the circumstances and evidence and make a decision for action
- Council will then issue legal notices as required, and;
- Inform the parties of the outcome.
Who is responsible?
You are responsible for your dog’s actions. It is an offence for a dog to attack, harass or chase a person, another animal or a bird owned by a person.
Depending on the severity of the attack, councils can:
- issue a warning
- impose an on the spot fine of $210 ($315 after 1 July 2017)
- take direct court action (in more serious cases)
- impose a control order (Nuisance, Dangerous Dog, Menacing Dog, or Destruction Order)
- The maximum penalty for a dog attack is $2,500.
Wakefield Regional Council Dog and Cat Management Plan