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Court conviction is a warning to dog owners

A man from Federal near Mullumbimby has been convicted of being in charge of a menacing dog which attacked another dog and ordered to pay Byron Shire Council's legal costs and a fine and compensation totalling $1500.

The attack happened near the Federal Hall just before 8:30am on the 15 August 2017 when the dog, an American Staffordshire terrier which was unrestrained attacked another dog, a Spoodle, being walked on a leash.

Byron Shire Council’s Legal Services Coordinator, Ralph James, said the dog bit the animal on the ear, the neck and on the back.

“The court at Mullumbimby heard the attacking dog was not secured on a leash nor was it wearing a muzzle,” Mr James said.

“This animal is known to Byron Shire Council as it was declared ‘menacing’ in 2014, and this means the owner is required to muzzle the dog, keep it on a leash when in public places and ensure it is in the control of a responsible adult,” he said.

“It was a frightening incident for the other person involved and it’s important for people to know there are very harsh penalties in place for the owners of dogs who are menacing and dangerous,” he said.

"Aside from paying Council's legal costs and a fine, the defendant also has to pay a $450 vet bill for the injured Spoodle.

“The maximum penalties for dog-related offences under the Companion Animals Act is a fine of up to $70,000 and a gaol term of up to five years,” Mr James said.

For more information call Malcolm Hamilton, Animal Enforcement Officer at Byron Shire Council, on 6626 7000.

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Byron Shire is located at Australia's eastern-most point with a population of almost 29,000. It is a thriving community where residents and visitors live, work and play in a sustainable environment and where Council strives to deliver the highest standard of local government services and infrastructure.