Problems with Dogs

After a dog attack, when safe to do so, you must report the attack to the City of Playford. You can contact us on 8256 0333.

If you’re not sure which council to contact, you can find a map of South Australia’s council boundaries here

Report the incident ASAP

Like all serious incidents, time is a critical factor in dealing with dog attacks. This is especially important if the offending dog is wandering at large and still poses a risk to the public or other animals. To help council inspectors, please try to gather the following information before contacting us: 

  • the date, time and exact location of the attack. If you’re not sure, use your GPS equipped smart phone to check on a map 
  • a description of the offending dog - registration disc, name tag, breed, colour, sex, markings, collar size and colour 
  • a description of the owner - name, address, contact phone number, male or female, age, hair colour, clothing 
  • if a car was involved and the offender drove away with the dog - car registration number, make, model, colour
  • a description and photographs of any injuries and location on your body or your pet's body.

What happens when a dog is reported? 

  • A community Inspector will contact you and may take a statement or affidavit from you 
  • Photos may be taken of any injuries to yourself, or your animals or birds. 
  • The dog's owner may be contacted to get their side of the incident.  
  • The Inspector could seek witness statements and other evidence 
  • Community Inspectors assess the circumstances and evidence and make a decision for action  
  • Council will then issue legal notices as required, and;
  • Inform the parties of the outcome.

Who is responsible? 

You are responsible for your dog’s actions. It is an offence for a dog to attack, harass or chase a person, another animal or a bird owned by a person.

Find out more from the Dog and Cat Management Act, 1995

Depending on the severity of the attack, councils can:

  • issue a warning  
  • impose an on the spot expiation of $315
  • take direct court action (in more serious cases) 
  • impose a control order (Nuisance, Dangerous Dog, Menacing Dog, or Destruction Order) 


The maximum penalty for a dog attack is $2,500.

If you have any questions contact us on 8256 0333.

Post: 12 Bishopstone Road, Davoren Park SA 5113 | Visit: Playford Civic Centre, 10 Playford Boulevard, Elizabeth
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