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Dog owners should take the lead

Dogs must be on a lead at all times in order to keep pets and the community safe.

That’s the message from the Rural City of Wangaratta following a number of recent complaints about dogs off leads.

There has been eight reported dog attacks this year, including six in the past month.

Councils’ Community Compliance Coordinator Dean Holley said dogs are required by law to be on a lead in public.

“We understand pet owners want to let their dog run free but community safety comes first,” he said.

“You don’t know what your dog is going to do or how other dogs and people might react around your pet.”

Owners of dogs in public without a lead face infringements of $238 for a dog at large in the day and $317 for a dog at large at night.

Wangaratta has three dog off lead areas for owners who would like to exercise their pets without a lead. These are at Willow Drive, along One Mile Creek (adjacent to Rattray Avenue) and in native bushland at the rear of the Barr Reserve (not including Barr 2 Oval).

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