Owners to secure dogs or face fines

MOUNT Alexander Shire Council is calling on dog owners to make sure their pets are secure following an attack on an alpaca last week.

"Council would like to remind dog owners that they are legally required to keep their dog securely confined to their property,” acting sustainable development director Ben Grounds said.

Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994, state-wide legislation which governs the control of dogs and cats across Victoria, pet owners could be fined if their dog is found straying or unregistered.

A dog found at large or not securely confined to owner's premises during daytime comes with an on-the-spot fine of $217.

There is a fine of $289 for a dog found at night.

In the case of dog attack that causes serious injury or death there could be a court penalty of up to $5776.

Depending on the severity of an attack, the dog could be put down.

This is decided on a case-by-case basis.

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