East Lismore man fined $3000 for dog attack

Thursday, 31 January

An East Lismore man has been fined $3000 and ordered to pay more than $1500 in court costs after his dog attacked an elderly man.

The man was walking in East Lismore last November when he was attacked by the dog and was forced to defend himself with a walking stick.

Lismore City Council Rangers issued fines of $1595 in relation to the dog attack following an investigation, and the owner of the dog appealed the fines in Lismore Local Court.

Last Thursday Magistrate Heilpern increased the fine for the dog attack to $3000 and ordered the man to pay court costs of $1500.40.

The Magistrate stated that the “Court needs to be clear and firm in sending a message that strong penalties apply” in relation to breaches of the Companion Animal Act and went on to say that “people should be able to walk down the street [without fear of a dog attacking them].”

Council’s Acting Executive Director Sustainable Development Peter Jeuken said he was pleased to see the court taking the matter seriously and warned irresponsible dog owners that Council would act to protect public safety.

“We don’t take these matters lightly and we investigate all dog attacks and take appropriate enforcement action,” he said.

“Public safety is paramount and people have the right to walk around their neighbourhoods and city in a safe and secure manner.”

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