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Dog Attacks

On occasions dog attacks do occur within our community.  It is the responsibility of the dog owner to ensure their dog is well contained in their own backyard or if out on a walk to be under effective control to ensure everyone is safe and able to enjoy their time out in nature.   It is an offence for a dog to attack, harass or chase a person, or an animal or bird owned by or in the charge of another person (whether or not actual injury is caused). 

What should you do if a dog attack occurs?

If you or your dog/animal or bird is attacked by a dog the first thing you should do is seek medical or veterinary treatment for yourself and or your dog/animal or bird as a priority.  

When you and your dog/animal or bird is out of danger, you should as soon as possible after the incident report the dog attack to Council by phoning one of our Community Liaison Officers (Authorised Officers) on 8621 2300.

Time is critical to report the incident.  This is especially important if the offending dog is wandering at large and still poses a risk to the public or other animals. 

What information do I need to report an attack?

To help Council’s Authorised Officers, you should try and gather as much information as you can:

  • The date, time and exact location of the attack.  If you are not sure, use your GPS equipped smart phone to check on a map;
  • A description of the offending dog – registration disc, name tag, breed, colour, sex, any markings, collar size and collar;
  • A description of the owner – name, address, contact phone number, male or female, age, hair colour, clothing;
  • If a car was involved and the offender drove away with the dog – car registration number, make, model and colour;
  • A description and photographs of any injuries and location on your body or your dog/animal or birds’ body; and
  • You should keep copies of any medical certificates, vet or doctor bills as evidence.

What happens after I report a dog attack?

Council’s Authorised Officers may take a statement or affidavit from you and may take photographs of any injuries to yourself, or your dog/animal or bird.

The owner of the dog which attacked will be contacted to get their side of the incident and Council’s Authorised Officers may seek any witness statements and other evidence applicable to the investigation.

Authorised Officers will issue legal notices as required and inform all parties of the outcome. 

Depending on the severity of the attack, Council can:

  • Issue a warning to the dog owner
  • Impose an on the spot fine
  • In more serious cases take direct court action
  • Impose a control order for Nuisance, Dangerous Dog, Menacing Dog, or a Destruction Order.

The maximum penalty for a dog attack is $10,000.

For information on how to be a responsible dog owner visit

Other Relevant Documents and links

Dog and Cat Management Board
City of Port Lincoln Animal Management Plan
City of Port Lincoln Dogs By-law 2018

Need more information

If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone about barking dogs, please contact:

City of Port Lincoln
Environment & Regulatory Services Team
9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday
Phone: 8621 2300

City of Port Lincoln
City of Port Lincoln ABN: 80 776 127 243
PO Box 1787, PORT LINCOLN SA 5606
Level One, Civic Centre, 60 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln
Telephone: 08 8621 2300 | Fax: 08 8621 2399 | Email:
City of Port Lincoln ABN: 80 776 127 243
PO Box 1787, PORT LINCOLN SA 5606
Level One, Civic Centre,
60 Tasman Terrace, Port Lincoln
Telephone: 08 8621 2300 | Fax: 08 8621 2399
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