More dogs unleashing aggression

FIVE people were attacked by dogs in the Somerset region in April alone.

Figures released by the Somerset Regional Council have shown nine dog attacks were registered for the month in the region, five of them on people.

The remaining four attacks were on other animals.

The statistics released by the council at this week's council meeting showed 20 dogs were impounded for a variety of offences, including the nine attacks, nearly half the impounded animals for the month.

The council figures said all animals involved in the reported attacks had been surrendered to the council "for further action".

Somerset mayor Graeme Lehmann said the spate of attacks was unusual for the region.

"The number isn't usual; it's probably exceptionally high," he said.

"Why I just don't know. I don't think there is a reason behind this run of them we've had."

Cr Lehmann said dogs that attacked people, and repeat attackers on animals, were declared dangerous animals and could be put down.

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said he encouraged dog owners to ensure their pets were properly trained and cared for.

"We urge people to keep your animal under control and properly socialised," he said.

Mr Beatty said dog attacks were often committed by animals left alone for extended periods of time.

Cr Lehmann said Somerset residents should make sure their pets were safe and secure.

"We encourage people to make sure their fences are up to scratch and dogs aren't left alone."



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