South Australian citizens who flee from the scene of an attack could soon face hefty fines following the introduction of new dog attack laws.
The laws would require owners to exchange contact details following an attack, and require them to help any person or animal involved, similar to what is required following a car accident.
If they fail to do so, they could be faced with a fine of up to $5000.
The new laws come off the back of an 85 per cent increase in dog attacks in the past five years.
RSPCA Victoria head of prevention Sophie Buchanan said the organisation would follow the results closely.
‘‘This is not a policy position that RSPCA Victoria has considered, however we will monitor the South Australian Government’s proposed legislation with interest,’’ Ms Buchanan said.