In the wake of this month’s dog attack on a young girl in western Sydney, Wingecarribee Shire Council is reminding dog owners of the importance of responsible pet ownership.
“Our thoughts are first and foremost with this young girl’s family,” said Council’s Senior Ranger, Troy McGlynn.
“While this is a terrible incident, it is important to remember that dog attacks are largely preventable,” he continued.
There are a number of resources available to the community designed to educate both parents and children on responsible pet ownership.
“For many Highlanders pets are important members of the family,” Mr McGlynn said. “But parents and guardians should also teach children how to recognise the warning signs given by dogs, the correct way to approach a dog and what to do if approached by an aggressive dog to help prevent the instance of dog-related accidents and injury.”
In an effort to reduce the number of dog attacks, the NSW Government’s Responsible Pet Ownership Education Program is an in-school program that uses multimedia, role play, song and story to teach students about dog safety. Last year, the program was delivered to 760 school students across the Shire.
For information on how to participate in 2016 visit www.pets.nsw.milura.com.au.
Victor and Victoria’s Pet Town is a free app also developed by the NSW State Government to help young children between grades K-2 learn about responsible pet ownership and living safely with dogs.
Victor and Victoria’s Pet Town is available for both iPad and Android devices. Visit www.pets.nsw.gov.au for more information.
“Being a responsible pet owner involves choosing the right pet for your lifestyle, complying with the law, caring for your pet’s health, and ensuring your pet doesn’t cause problems in the community,” Mr McGlynn added.
For more information on responsible pet ownership please visit the Wingecarribee Shire Council website at www.wsc.nsw.gov.au or phone Council on 4868 0888.