Biggest Nillumbik fine for dog attack

Published on 19 April 2017

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A Nillumbik resident has been fined a total of $10,373.36 following a dog attack which occurred on 5 June 2016, on Hillcrest Road, Hurstbridge. This fine is the biggest that has ever been awarded for dog related offences in Nillumbik.

Heidelberg Magistrates fined the woman after her two dogs, a female tan and white Staffordshire Bull-Terrier and a male brindle and white American Bulldog caused injuries to a Kelpie resulting in the dog suffering several puncture wounds and subsequently being operated on.

When Council officers attended the property the two dogs were not present. Council asked for the dogs to be produced but they have still not been provided. A fine of $3000 was issued for the failure to produce the dogs.

Nillumbik Shire Mayor Councillor Peter Clarke said that action will be taken if dogs attack in Nillumbik.

"Dog attacks can be frightening and we're pleased that the court has reflected the seriousness of this incident with Council's largest dog related fine.

"What's worrying is that these dogs are still at large. The owner has refused to hand them over to Council and we don't know where they are. That means that they could attack again and we simply need to ensure that people and their pets are protected."

If anyone knows where these dogs are we would ask that they contact Council on 9433 3111.