THE City of Wanneroo has explained how regulations prevented officers from seizing an aggressive dog that attacked two people in Wangara last year.
One of the victims suffered permanent injuries after the kelpie cross bull arab mauled her arm.
Having not been seized, the dog then attacked a 16-year-old boy in Craigie about two months after the initial incident.
The animal was put down after being seized by the City of Joondalup.
The pet’s owner, Antonio Cicchino, was fined thousands of dollars in court over the Wangara incident earlier this month, but avoided court over the third attack in Craigie because he agreed to surrender the dog to be put down.
Magistrate Edward de Vries questioned why the animal was not seized after the first incident, which could have prevented the third attack.
Wanneroo acting director of community and place Shane Spinks said it was registered to a suburb outside the City’s jurisdiction, preventing Wanneroo rangers from seizing it.
“The City was not made aware of the attacks until a day after the incident, by which time the dog had been removed out of the City of Wanneroo’s jurisdiction,” he said.
“As The Dog Act only allows authorised officers to take action within the jurisdiction they are employed, the only course of action available to City of Wanneroo rangers was to prosecute the owner, which they did.”
City of Joondalup chief executive Garry Hunt confirmed rangers had responded to a third attack in Craigie in April last year.
He explained why the City did not press for court-ordered penalties for the owner.
“The City investigated the attack and the owner of the dog, a Craigie resident, voluntarily surrendered the animal to the City,” Mr Hunt said.
“It was later euthanased.
“The City had been made aware that the dog owner was in the process of court proceedings with the City of Wanneroo in relation to a previous dog attack.
“Given the dog was euthanased, the City felt no further penalty was appropriate.
“The complainant (the parents of the boy) were satisfied with this outcome.”