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(2) Once.

(3) 8 January 2016.

(4) Neither dog was registered.

(5) A warning notice was issued to the owner of the dogs.

Animals—dog attack
(Question No 2005)

Ms Lawder asked the Minister for City Services, upon notice, on 26 October 2018:

(1) In relation to the case of an attack on a dog in a backyard in Stabie Place Monash on 2 July 2018 at the time of the attack (a) were the attacking dogs registered on 2 July 2018, (b) on how many occasions prior to this attack did Domestic Animal Services (DAS) have dealings /those dogs, (c) what were those dates, (d) on each of those previous occasion were the dogs registered or not registered, (e) if the dogs were not registered what action did DAS take concerning the lack of registration.

(2) Has the investigation been completed relating to the attack on 2 July 2018; if yes, (a) when was it completed, (b) has the owner of the attacked dog been informed, (c) when and how were they informed and (d) what has happened to the attacking dogs; if no, (a) when will it be completed and (b) has the owner of the attacked dog been informed of the continuing process.

Mr Steel: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

(1) (a) No.

(b) Three.

(c) 20 November 2016, 6 October 2017 and 26 October 2017.

(d) Not registered.

(e) The owners were reminded of their responsibilities in managing their dogs. DAS uses an engage, educate and enforce compliance model, working with, and educating people to achieve compliance, rather than achieving compliance through punitive action. Historically DAS rangers did not have access to prior history/involvements in the field. Rangers therefore, may have been unaware of previous engagement with the owner and used an educative approach.

DAS rangers have recently been issued with mobile devices and can conduct location, people and animal searches in the field and take an escalating compliance model, infringing people where there repetitious non-compliant behaviour or a blatant disregard of the legislative requirements in keeping a dog. These mobile devices have been evolving since they were issued, with more information becoming available as the data is uploaded into the system.

(2) No.

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