Byron tops region for dog attacks
BYRON Shire has topped the region for dog attacks so far this year, despite having one of the lowest number of microchipped dogs, official figures reveal.
Figures from the NSW Department of Local Government reveal there were 18 attacks in Byron Shire between January 1 and March 31 this year.
Over the same period, Ballina had five attacks, Kyogle, Lismore and Tweed Shire had three each and Richmond Valley had none.
Byron Bay Veterinary Clinic vet Rowen Trevor-Jones said dogs that attacked people and other dogs often did so because they were poorly socialised.
“If you treat a dog beautifully, but keep it at home by itself for the first six months and then take it to the beach, you are going to have a problem because ... it won’t know how to behave,” he said.
Dr Trevor-Jones said Byron Bay had a higher proportion of irresponsible dog owners, who were less likely to microchip or properly train their pets, than other areas, largely because of the town’s transient population.
However, the number of microchipped dogs was rising, he said.