Extensive research failed to locate any statistics showing the percentage of irresponsible dog owners who disappear after attacks without leaving their contact details with the victim. Despite this, it appears to be a significant number.

There are hundreds of dog attack reports from around the world; in many cases, the owner and offending animal just walk away from the scene of the crime.

I presume they do this for one of 3 reasons:

  • They don’t want to pay the fine and vet bills
  • They don’t want their dog taken away and destroyed
  • They simply don’t care

If they do just walk away, it’s a pretty safe bet they will never be found or prosecuted due to lack of evidence. If there are witnesses, a successful prosecution would still be more likely if there’s photographic or video evidence.

Dog attacks can be very sudden, aggressive and traumatic. You instinctively try to save your pet. The last thing you think about is reaching for your phone, entering the pass code and pressing record to capture the attack, dog and owner while your pet’s being ripped apart.

My dog was attacked at 6.30 in the morning, there were no witnesses and I was alone. When eventually I made the aggressive dog release its jaws, all that was on my mind was emergency medical treatment as quickly as possible as my dog was losing so much blood from his horrific injuries.

The irresponsible owner took her dog and disappeared. Leaving me with no evidence whatsoever.

I did not have a clear picture in my mind of either of the two women and I am no expert on dog breeds, even less so on x-breeds. The council said the information I provided was too vague to be of any use!

Adelaide Dog Attack Register - Video & Photographic evidence

After the shock of the attack subsides, anger takes over as you discover there’s no chance for justice without any evidence.

Adelaide Dog Attack Register - Wearable CameraI researched and investigated microchips with inbuilt GPS transmitters (that technology is still 10 years away), before settling on this device.


This wearable camera captures video, audio and still images. It has GPS, time and date stamp. The camera has 32GB storage and is able to capture up to 8 hours continuous video through its ultra-wide 140-degree field-of-view lens, it also has low light and infra red capability.

The rear of the camera has an LED screen for video playback, a high quality built-in mic and it’s waterproof.

It’s attached to clothing via a swivelling crocodile clip.

This device with its all-day battery acts like a silent witness. I press record when we leave for our walk and stop when we get back. Hopefully, I will never need to view the footage … but the one day I do, I will have all the evidence I need.

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  • Lesley

    Can you give me more details re: the video camera. Brand and where I can buy one.

    • Alan Timms

      Hi Lesley
      I purchased the camera from here:
      It was actually heavier than I expected and quite complicated to set up (although I do believe they have lighter models).
      Kind regards

  • Peter

    I am of the opinion that the dog owner should have to immediately report the dog attack, or they face very heavy fines or get jail time.

    In my area, the dog owner does not have to do anything if their dog attacks someone. Instead, the victim has to report the dog attack to the local Council within 72 hours. They have to provide the Council with a written statement that is signed in front of a Justice of the Peace. The victim also has to provide the name and address of the dog owner, and the Council will not accept car number plates, or they will not attempt to identify the dog owner via the number plate of their car.

    The victim has to do everything after the attack, while quite often the victim can be injured or in shock from the attack. However, the dog owner should be the person who must contact the Council and provide their name and address, and give details of the dog, details of the attack etc. If the dog owner does not immediately come forward and give details about themselves to the Council, then they get a very heavy fine or they get jail time.

    • Alan Timms

      Totally agree with you Peter. Unfortunately no one cares what happens. The police don’t care, the councils just pay lip service and do very little, politicians don’t care as it’s seen as unimportant. The offenders just disappear knowing they will never be caught. If they take responsibility they will be fined, may lose their dog and have to pay the vet bills for the animal their dog attacked … much easier just to walk away.

      • Peter

        It is true that Councils don’t care at present. I was attacked by two dogs on a beach that was supposed to be prohibited to dogs because it was a turtle rookery. The dog owner had two large dogs on this beach, and the dog owner did not have a leash for either dog.

        The attack was reported to the Council the next day, and I sent them a signed statement with several photographs, including photographs of the two dogs. I had also given the Council the name of the dog owner, their car registration number and their probable address. The Council then sent me an email stating that they take dog attacks “very seriously”, and they would contact me in a few days. That was 12 days ago, and they still have not contacted me.

        The dog owner could (and should) face very large fines for having two dogs in a prohibited area, and he did not have a leash for either dog, and both dogs attacked someone, but I doubt whether the Council will even investigate it.

        I intend to do the following in the future. If I am walking on a beach and I see a dog ‘off leash’ when they are supposed to be ‘on leash’, (which is ALL THE TIME), then I will take a photo of it. I will then phone the Council and request they immediately come to the beach and remove the dog. If they do not, then I will email the photograph to the local MP and also the Minister for Local Government.

        This may/may not get a better response from the local Council.

        • Peter

          As an addition to the above, my local Council never contacted me 6 weeks later, so I eventually contacted them and asked them what had been done regards the dog owner who had two dogs off leash in a prohibited area, and both dogs attacked me. They replied that ‘appropriate actions’ had been taken regards the dog owner, but they will not state what those actions were. I believe the local Council did nothing, or they just gave the dog owner a stern talking to, and the slightest tap on the wrist.

          I was incapacitated for about 3 weeks and I estimate the financial cost to myself from the dog attack was over $5,000 for medical bills and lost wages. I am unlikely to get compensation, but I have now bought a body camera.

          I recently went back to the same beach where I was attacked by two dogs about 6 weeks earlier, and there were another two dogs off leash on this beach, and about 30 metres away from where I was attacked previously. So I got a video of this with my body camera, and I have sent that video to the local council and to my local MP.

          I am certain the local Council will not do anything, and I am now waiting to hear from the local MP. In the mean time, I will be wearing the body camera whenever I go walking to get evidence that can be presented in a Court, and if I am attacked again I will not be writing off another $5,000 (or more), while the dog owner gets the slightest tap on the wrist from the local Council.

          The body camera I purchased is an action type camera that is supposed to be waterproof, but I have taken it swimming and it leaked. I also cannot get much more than about 1.5 hours of recording time before the battery runs out, so I have to take two batteries if I go on a long walk.

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