MOREE has the most naughty dogs in the region with new figures revealing the town had the highest number of attacks in the New England North West.
The Office of Local Government has released a report tallying the number reported dog attacks in each of the state’s council areas.
Between July and September 2017, there were 22 dog attacks on people and other animals in the Moree Plains Shire Council area.
The Moree local government area has 7,400 microchipped dogs, according to the report.
The number of dog attacks was close to eight times lower in the region’s biggest city. Tamworth is home to more than 37,000 pooches, but there were only three reported attacks in the July quarter.
Tamworth Regional Council figures show there were 261 reported attacks in the 2016/17 financial year, 22 of which assessed as attacks under the Companion Animals Act.
Manager of regualtory services Ross Briggs called on owners to be responsible.
“It is the owner’s responsibility to ensure that their pet is de-sexed, microchipped, registered and most importantly, secured,” Mr Briggs said.
“In the same 2016/17 period, Council spent over $300,000 on companion animal management and activities.
“We also saw 416 cats and 480 dogs brought to the pound by the public – that is a huge amount and doesn’t include seized animals which is over 140 in the 12 months.
“Please remember that if you have a pet, it is your responsibility and yours only, to ensure that it is secured, and that basic requirements such as registration are met. If you can’t afford to do this, I would suggest you reconsider getting a pet.”