NSW Dogs off lead approaching dog on lead

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Jaywoo220

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Who is responsible if dog on lead if an off lead dog approaches an on lead dog and the on lead dog gets scared and bites it?
 

Atticus

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1) ALL owners are responsible for their own animal/s, be it on private or public land, & be it on or off a lead

2) In the scenario you describe.... On lead owner should have a muzzle on the dog (just owners opinion that their dog bit out of fear).... The attack on other dog *may* be mitigated by that owner not having thier dog on a lead, PROVIDING, that they were in an area that the law sates they must be on lead
 
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Jaywoo220

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It is just a hypothetical question. I just saved a dog (b***h) from the rspca, she is absolutely lovely, but I am worried she may not like another dog approaching us off lead. I think she had been in a dog fight before ahe was surrended.
 

Rod

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I would think the owner whose pet is outside the control of the owner is responsible ie the owner of the off-lead dog.

The owner of the on-lead dog may become partly responsible IF they do something to make the situation worse.
 

Jaywoo220

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Thanks, I did not realise how big she was until I got her home! I will always have her on a lead just worried about a yappy little dog running out to her, or the neighbours deliberately letting their dogs out off the lead. She seems quite timid but I think she would be protective against other dogs.

Thanks for the insight.