Dog bites cause approximately 260 hospital admissions in Victoria each year. Sadly, of those bitten about 100 of these are children aged between 1 and 4 years of age.
Any breed or size of dog can become aggressive when defending its territory or when provoked.
Preventing dog attacks
Most dog attacks happen in public places, on the footpath or road. For this reason it is important to care for your pet responsibly and make sure your dog is always securely confined and that you are aware of your proximity to other peoples' dogs.
The Code of Practice for the Private Keeping of Dogs (Victoria) on the Department of Environment and Private Industries website provides more information about the rules for keeping your dog secure.
It is also the responsibility of owners when walking their dog to keep their dog in effective control in any public place.
How to report a dog attack
A dog attack can include any incident where a dog rushes at, attacks, bites, harasses or chases any person or animal (other than vermin), whether or not any injury is caused to the animal or person.
Contact Council immediately any time on 9240 1111 to report a dog attack.
Be prepared to give as much information about the attack as possible, including time, location, description of the dog and/or owner, and your contact details.
As dog attacks are serious, this information will allow Council officers to follow up and take appropriate action.