South Australia (like the rest of the world) has a significant problem with irresponsible dog owners and the carnage inflicted by their anti-social animals. Councils are unaware of the real size of the problem because most attacks go unreported.
The Dog & Cat Management Board believe approximately 1 in 5 dog attacks are reported. If this is correct, it significantly impacts this state’s dog attack and harassment statistics. In reality, the 2,179 reports submitted in 2015-16 would be closer to 11,000. (ABC Radio Interview / Messenger).
The Dog Attack Register has been designed to make attack reporting simple, convenient and confidential.
If a photo was taken of the offending dog it can be uploaded, you can enter your email (which is never displayed) to enable witnesses to contact you.
When you’re ready to submit your report, you have the option of sending an extended version to the local council where the attack happened. The system will pre-fill the council details based on the suburb you enter.
Dog attacks and harassments impact the lives of too many South Australians. Evidence exposing the true size of the problem is the only way we will make our streets, parks and beaches safer.
It’s illegal to carry a self defence device in Australia and too late after an attack. So what can you do to prevent attacks happening?
Watching as a powerful animal races towards you with teeth bared is terrifying, you can’t out run it or get your pet out of harms way.
After the shock of the attack subsides, anger takes over as you discover there's no legal recourse due to lack of evidence. This might be the answer.