Benalla Rural City - 12 Mar: Dog owners will be held accountable, says Council
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The Benalla Rural City Council says the successful prosecution of a dog owner following an attack on nearby sheep is a timely reminder to dog owners to keep their animals under control.

A Benalla woman will have to pay $6210 after appearing at the Benalla Magistrates Court last month in relation to a dog attack on sheep at Upper Lurg in December 2013.

The woman pleaded guilty to a charge of being the owner of dogs that caused serious injury to three sheep and to a charge of owning of dogs at large.

She was fined $2,000 and ordered to pay $3,960.40 costs and $250 compensation to the owner of the sheep.

The Magistrate also ordered the dogs, which were seized by the Council, be euthanised.

The Council’s General Manager, Development and Environment Ms Veronica Schilling said this fine is a sharp reminder that owners who allow their animals to wander at large and attack livestock or other animals will be fined.

“People must be aware that dogs are capable of causing significant and lasting harm to children, pets and the livelihood of other people,” Ms Schilling said.

“Owners are responsible for ensuring this doesn’t happen.

“The Council can keep reminding people, but each month we still have to deal with incidents where animals are not properly fenced in or secured.

“This is disappointing because these incidents are easily prevented.”

The owner of the dog will be appealing the decision. 
 

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