Water Corp calls on dog owners to secure pets after rise in attacks on employees

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A SPIKE in Water Corporation employees being attacked by dogs while carrying out work at homes has led to a plea for owners to make sure their pets are properly secured.

Dog attacks and incidents where the animals behaved aggressively towards Water Corporation employees jumped to 44 last financial year (2016-17), up from 30 the year before (2015-16).

Water Corporation operations group general manager Mike Andrews said employees were often in suburban streets carrying out tasks such as reading meters and dog attacks were one of the biggest safety concerns of the job.

“Although we train our employees to read a dog’s body language and avoid aggressive dogs wherever possible, attacks from unrestrained dogs are unfortunately occurring more often, and tend to increase as the weather warms up,” he said.

“We have had cases where our employees are requiring stitches due to dog bites or being so distressed that they have been unable to return to field work.

“Residents can help us keep our employees safe by ensuring they have adequate fencing and gates to keep dogs from escaping.”

Mr Andrews said with the weather warming up it was a good time for residents who were doing some gardening to clear any weeds and bushes which may have grown over their water meter during winter.

There were 26 incidents south of the river and 18 incidents north of the river.

South of the River dog attacks/ threatening dogs:
July 2016: Munster, Pinjarra, Furnissdale, Langford, Mandurah
August 2016: Brent wood, Roleystone
September 2016: Golden Bay, Success, Beckenham
October 2016: Byford, Kewdale
November: Burswood, Cloverdale, Spearwood
December 2016: N/A
January 2017: Port Kennedy, Kelmscott
February 2017: Carlisle
March 2017: Beaconsfield, Kelmscott, Halls Head
April 2017: Halls Head, Coodanup, Como
May 2017: Golden Day, Success
June 2017: N/A

North of the river dog attacks/ threatening dogs:
July 2016: Lockridge, Beechboro, Doubleview
August 2016: Sorrento, Kinglsey
Setember 2016: Maylands, Ashfield
October 2016: N/A
November 2016: N/A
December 2016: Kingsley, Sorrento
January 2017: Balga
February 2017: Wembley Downs, Duncraig
March 2017: Mount Lawley, Inglewood, Mirrabooka
April 2017: N/A
May; Lockridge, Leedervile, Doubleview
June: N/A

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