Report unacceptable dog behaviour in public

Reporting worrying or dangerous dog behaviour in public helps ensure our community remains safe.

Dog attacks

In the event of a dog attack on a person or animal, please notify us immediately.

To help speed up the investigation process, where possible please note the particulars of the attack, including:

  • time and date it occurred
  • location
  • type of dog
  • where the dog comes from
  • extent of injury - retain any doctor's reports
  • witnesses
  • conversations with the owner.

The report will be allocated to one of Council's Animal and Information Officers who will investigate the incident.

If you are concerned that an animal may attack another person or animal or is showing aggressive behaviour please make your concerns known to us.


Dangerous dogs

If your issue relates to a declared dangerous dog in a public area that is wearing a special red and yellow stripe collar but is not:

  • secured to a property
  • on a lead
  • under control of an adult person.

Please avoid the dog and contact our customer service team as soon as possible.


Other dog behaviour in public issues

When you report worrying or concerning behaviour by dogs in public you will need to tell us:

  • what behaviour the dog displayed (for example: aggravating, agitating or annoying; menacing or aggressive; rushing; etc)

  • where the behaviour took place - you may prefer to select the address by dragging the map marker

  • the breed or type of dog

  • other comments

  • your name

  • your contact email or phone


Report adverse dog behaviour in public



Page last updated: Friday, 18 October 2019

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