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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2018 Week 09 Hansard (Wednesday, 22 August 2018) . . Page.. 3492 ..


This case highlights the severity of each of these dog attacks. Whilst it is easy to treat them as a number—and we know there is a dog attack every second day in Canberra—the reality is that every second day a family and an animal is traumatised. Very often an attack leads to the death of the victim of the dog attack, and occasionally the dog that actually causes the harm is put down by DAS. The fact that this is happening every second day on average suggests that the government’s approach is failing. They are failing the dogs and they are failing the families of those impacted by it.

This is a genuine welfare and safety issue. I commend my colleague Ms Lawder and my past colleague Mr Steve Doszpot for all they have done to bring this matter to the public’s attention. We will continue to do all we can to ensure we get a better deal in Canberra when it comes to dog management.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Assembly adjourned at 6.29 pm.


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