Responsible Dog Ownership

​November 2017

The Shire of Manjimup Rangers have been receiving increased complaints regarding unrestrained dogs and dog attacks. In the past seven days we have had two dog attacks within the Manjimup residential area, causing harm to other dogs and their owners. A dog attack is not just biting or causing physical injury or damage, but also includes a dog aggressively rushing at or attempting to attack a person or animal.

Shire President Paul Omodei stated "this is a major concern, a dog attack is a very serious matter. If your dog attacks a person or another animal you will be held responsible whether you are present at the time or not. T

Dogs wandering or not held on a leash when in public areas are a problem. The Shire understands that there are health benefits for both dogs and owners from exercise, however, being confronted by a dog that is not on a leash can be terrifying particularly for children. Whilst most people do the right thing there are some people who choose to let their dogs wander, Rangers will be issuing fines and impounding any dog that is found wandering within the community.  There are many dog exercise areas throughout the Shire where dog owners can exercise their animals off a lead and maps can be obtained from the Shire.

We all like to enjoy the outdoors at this time of the year and we ask that you be  responsible and clean up after your canine friend has defecated, Rangers can issue fines if you are caught not picking up after your dog.

"If you own a dog you have a legal responsibility to keep it under control, within a fenced area on your property and on a leash when in public", added Cr Omodie.

Members of the Public and dog owners are advised to contact the Rangers Department at the Shire of Manjimup if you have any quires regarding responsible dog ownership. 

​-ENDS-

Authorised by Greg Lockwood, Acting Chief Executive Officer
Contact Sheri Laba, Public Relations Officer
​Contact for comment: Paul Omodei, Shire President.
Contact: 0448 810 773

Page reviewed: 04 Dec 2017 4:26pm