NSW Government increases fines for dog attacks
The NSW Government has increased fines for owners of animals involved in a dog attack under the Companion Animal Act 1988 (NSW).
The fine has increased significantly from $550 to over $1300 under the new laws.
Cessnock City Council’s Ranger Team Leader, Kurt Livens said the increased penalties have been introduced to encourage pet owners to be more responsible.
“If you own a dog you need to be aware of your responsibilities. We want every dog owner in the Cessnock Local Government Area to be aware of their responsibilities to ensure the welfare of the animal but also the safety of our community.”
“Council recently launched a responsible pet ownership campaign and one of the key messages is about keeping your dog on a lead in areas that are not suitable for your pet to be off-leash. If your dog does not socialise well with other dogs or people it should remain on a lead to ensure the safety of those nearby.”
Other changes in the legislation include the ability for council rangers to declare a dog “potentially dangerous” if they believe it’s likely to attack. Owners are now also required to get their animals registered at three months old rather than six months.