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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2008 Week 1 Hansard (14 February) . . Page.. 355..


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Dogs—attacks

(Question No 1804)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, upon notice, on 4 December 2007:

(1) How many reports of people being attacked by dogs in the ACT has the Minister received during (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07;

(2) How many injuries were recorded in each of those incidents outlined in part (1);

(3) Of those incidents outlined in part (1), how many dog owners were (a) warned, (b) fined or (c) prosecuted;

(4) How many dogs were either put down or removed from their owners as a result of dog attacks during (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07;

(5) How many dog owners were (a) given warning, (b) fined or (c) prosecuted for having their dogs off-leash in areas that are listed as non-off leash during (i) 2005-07 and (ii) 2006-07.

Mr Hargreaves: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) Domestic Animal Services have recorded 100 instances of animal attack or harassment in the financial year 2005 / 2006. In the financial year 2006 / 2007 there were 84 reported animal attacks / harassments investigated.

(2) Domestic Animal Services records show that all reports of animal attack or harassment have a degree of injury. These may be physical or psychological and therefore 100 percent of reports are considered to consist of injuries. Details of specific levels of injury would require a case by case review.

(3) In financial year 2005 / 2006 there were 26 Infringement Notices issued, no formal warnings and no court based prosecutions commenced. In financial year 2006 / 2007 there were 75 Infringement Notices issued, no formal warnings and no court based prosecutions instigated.

(4) In financial year 2005 / 2006 Domestic Animal Services euthanased or removed from owners a total of 66 dogs. In financial year 2006 /2007, DAS euthanased or removed from owners a total of 60 dogs.

(5) In financial year 2005 / 2006 no warnings were issued, seven Infringement Notices were issued, there were no court based prosecutions instigated for dogs off lead in non off lead areas. In financial year 2006 / 2007, there were 25 formal warnings issued, 3 Infringement Notices issued and no court based prosecution instigated for dogs off lead in non off lead areas of the ACT.


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