THING OF THE PAST?: A dog attack story in the Central Western Daily in 2013.
ORANGE has seen a dramatic reduction in the number of reported dog attacks in the past 12 months.
In the April-June quarter this year, 12 dog attacks were reported to Orange City Council, although none were deemed serious enough to require medical attention.
However, during the same period last year, two of the 35 reported attacks were serious enough to require medical attention.
The drop in the number of attacks is in line with a statewide trend in which attacks fell by 3.8 per cent, from 1349 to 1299, in the same quarter.
During this past quarter Cowra recorded the highest number of dog attacks in the Central West with 21, despite the council only having 6117 registered dogs.
Dubbo recorded the next highest rate behind Cowra and Orange with 11 attacks, while Oberon recorded six attacks and there were only two in Blayney.
The Office of Local Government (OLG) data defines a dog attack as any incident where a dog rushes at, attacks, bites, harasses or chases any person or animal (other than vermin), whether or not any injury is caused to the person or animal.
The OLG data also records the number of reported attacks on people and other animals, as well as the number of microchipped dogs in each council area.
In the past 12 months, Orange City Council had an increase in the number of dogs from 15,867 to 17,633.
Statewide there was also an increase from 1,763,203 to 1,924,080.
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