A dog attack every day

A DOG attack occurs every day in the Lower Hunter.

The latest figures show 120 dog attacks occurred in the region from October 2011 to December 2011, a NSW Division of Local Government report said.

Those incidents included 85 people and 59 animals being attacked, the report said.

Incidents can include more than one person or animal.

They can involve any situation where a dog rushes at, attacks, bites, harasses or chases any person or animal, other than vermin.

The Newcastle Herald recently reported that dog attacks had jumped 17 per cent in NSW, according to a state government report for 2009-10 and 2010-11.

The state report said Staffordshire bull terriers, Australian cattle dogs, German shepherds, American Staffordshire terriers and Rottweilers were the most likely purebreeds to attack.

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