The Shire of Mundaring is carrying out a review of its local dog laws.
The review comprises public feedback on certain components of the Dogs Local Law Act 2004 such as limiting the number of dogs people can keep at a property as well as improving fencing requirements.
Shire President David Lavell said the review formed part of an education campaign, launched at the end of last year, reminding residents about the importance of responsible pet ownership.
"Unfortunately, we have a relatively high number of dog attacks within the Shire – 154 were reported to council in the last financial year – therefore we are trying to implement other strategies to help reduce this number," he said. "A significant part of this process will be the review of our Dogs Local Law, in particular the public feedback component".
The high rate of dog attacks in the area can partly be attributed to the large properties within the Shire which means in some circumstances people can keep up to four dogs.
Cr Lavell said that in many cases, the fencing was found to be inadequate and animals were able to escape and wander.
"There is the potential for a dog to attack another animal, person or even be killed themselves. It's not a good outcome either way."
Despite the fact there is also a relatively high number of successful prosecutions within the Shire – there were 17 in the last financial year - it can often be difficult to find witnesses who are prepared to go to court after a dog attack.
"We understand the community's hesitation to make a formal statement when they've witnessed a dog attack, but for the benefit of everyone's safety, we'd like to see them report any such matters to our Community Safety Rangers so they can be dealt with in a timely manner," Cr Lavell said.
The Shire of Mundaring welcomes feedback and suggestions from residents about ways to improve the local law.
Submissions must be made in writing no later than 4pm on Tuesday 7 March 2017. It should include comments and suggestions, reasons for your opinion or an explanation of your comments. Providing your name, address, email and/or contact number will enable the Shire to clarify any comments if necessary.
Submissions can be emailed to email@example.com (please put 'local dog laws' in the subject line). Alternatively, you can post submissions to Chief Executive Officer, Shire of Mundaring, 7000 Great Eastern Highway, Mundaring WA 6073.
- 154 dog attacks were reported to the Shire in the last financial year
- 59 of those attacks were against people
- 95 were against dogs and other animals (such as sheep and other livestock)
- 37 people received a caution (which is a warning notice) & infringement 37 = 74
- 32 were impounded.