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Dangerous dog

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Dangerous dog

Under the Companion Animals Act 1998, Council may declare a dog dangerous if it is satisfied that it "...has, without provocation, attacked or killed a person or animal (other than vermin), or has, without provocation, repeatedly threatened to attack or repeatedly chased a person or animal (other than vermin), or has displayed unreasonable aggression towards a person or animal (other than vermin), or is kept or used for the purposes of hunting".

The owner of dogs declared dangerous must comply with certain control requirements that include but are not limited to:

  • The dog must be desexed
  • The dog must be kept in an enclosure prescribed by the Companion Animals Regulation 2008
  • The dog must wear a muzzle when outside the enclosure
  • The property where the dog is kept must display ‘Warning Dangerous Dog' signs, as prescribed by the Companion Animals Regulation 2008
  • The dog must wear a distinctive collar, prescribed by the Companion Animals Regulation 2008, at all times

As part of Council's responsibility under the Act, regular inspections are carried out by Council to ensure that all requirements are being complied with.

If the control requirements are not complied with, Council may enforce its powers under the Companion Animals Act 1998 in relation to the Control requirements for dogs declared to be Dangerous which may include but not limited to seizing the dog(s) and/or destroying the dogs.