Dangerous and Restricted Animals

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Dangerous dog

If you have been attacked by a dog call 9942 2111.

Rushing at, chasing, harassing, or biting a person or animal, even if no injury has occurred, are all considered to be dog attacks under the Companion Animals Act.

If your dog attacks another person or animal we will conduct a full investigation.

There are very hefty fines for owners of a dog that has attacked and it may be declared dangerous. There are strict guidelines that owners of a dangerous dog must comply with.

Responsible dog owners restrain their animals at home so they cannot escape and also keep them on a lead in public.

Dangerous Dogs

If a dog is declared dangerous the owner must comply with these strict controls.

  • The dog must be kept on a lead and muzzled securely and under the effective control of some competent person while not confined to an enclosure on its’ own property
  • The dog must never be in the sole charge of a minor
  • A sign with “Warning Dangerous Dog” must be clearly visible from the boundaries of the property where the dog is normally kept
  • The dog must, at all times, wear a distinctive red and yellow striped collar with one colour to be light reflective
  • The dog must be desexed within 28 days of the declaration being made
  • The dog must be restrained within an approved childproof enclosure while on the property where it is usually kept

Restricted Breeds

Restricted dogs must comply with strict control requirements. Some of these requirements are:

  • Must be kept on a lead and muzzled securely and under the effective control of some competent person while not confined to an enclosure on its own property
  • The dog must never be in the sole charge of a minor
  • A sign with “Warning Dangerous Dog” must be clearly visible from the boundaries of the property where the dog is normally kept
  • Must, at all times, wear a distinctive red and yellow striped collar with one colour to be light reflective
  • Must be desexed
  • Must be restrained within an approved childproof enclosure while on the property where it is usually kept
  • Owners of a restricted dog are prohibited from; selling or advertising to sell, giving away, or allowing it to breed with any other animal
  • A person who accepts ownership of a restricted breed is guilty of an offence

The following dogs are restricted

  • American pit bull terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasiliero
  • Any other dog of a breed, kind or description declared by Council or prescribed by the regulations