City of Karratha

Dog Attacks

A dog attack is a very serious offence. In the event that your dog does attack a person or other animal you will be held responsible, even if you were not there at the time, including dog exercise areas.

A dog attack includes a dog aggressively rushing at or attempting to attack a person or animal without injury or damage, as well as tearing clothing, biting, or causing physical injury.

There are very substantial penalties of up to $10,000 for a dog attack and $10,000 and/or 12 months jail for inciting a dog attack. The dog's owner or the person who has control of the dog at the time is also liable for any injury or damage to property resulting from a dog attack.

If you have been attacked by a dog, please contact Ranger Services 9186 8555 to report the incident. Dog attacks are taken very seriously and need to be reported immediately.

If your animal has been attacked, please contact a local veterinary clinic immediately. If you, a family member or friend has been attacked, medical attention is necessary even though most dog bites aren't fatal.