Statement on media reporting regarding dog fine
Bayside City Council issued an infringement notice to a dog owner after receiving multiple complaints about a dog roaming on a shared driveway and not being securely confined to the owner’s premises.
Dog owners need to ensure their dog is secured to their property. Allowing a dog to roam in an unfenced front yard or unsecured open area is an offence against the Domestic Animals Act.
The dog owner had been spoken to multiple times and was aware her dog needed to be secured to the property, to prevent injury, nuisance or attacks from occurring.
The penalty is a fixed amount governed by the Domestic Animals Act, which cannot be altered.