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March 3, 2021

Clunes dog attack fine increased after appeal

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Fines issued to a Clunes resident over the dangerous behaviour of their dog have been increased as a result of their appeal against the $550 fine.

Lismore City Council successfully defended the appeal by the dog owner in the Lismore Local Court recently. The appeal related to a dog attack that resulted in significant injuries to a neighbour on 19 March 2018.

‘Following an investigation by Council Rangers, a fine of $550 was issued to the dog’s owner in relation to the dog attack as well as a Menacing Dog Declaration,’ said a council spokesperson.

‘The subject dog had exhibited a history of nuisance behaviour and aggression that had escalated over a period of time and Council took enforcement action under NSW Companion Animals legislation to promote responsible pet ownership.

While the owner appealed the fine they did not appear in Court, instead sending a written plea of guilty and requesting leniency.

The Local Court Magistrate handed down the following sentence:

  1. Conviction recorded.
  2. Fine increased to $800.
  3. Dangerous Dog Declaration against the subject dog.

Council Rangers are currently taking action to ensure the subject dog is properly contained and managed to protect Clunes residents from future attacks of a similar nature by the dog concerned.

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  1. I love dogs and have always had one. But when it comes to dog attacks I think the offending dog should be put down and the dog owner never allowed to have a dog again. The owner is obviously not treating the dog well. No happy healthy well walked dog attacks another.


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