Council has not had any concerns with dog owners who have voluntarily registered their dog as a declared dog. These owners are generally compliant with the regulations outlined in the Domestic Animals Act and Domestic Animals Regulations.
Of greater concern is the number of unregistered restricted breed dogs in the community which only come to Council’s attention through reports by concerned citizens or as a result of Animal Management Officer patrols.
Restricted Breed Dog
A restricted breed dogis a dog that, because of its breed characteristics, is pre-disposed to aggressive behaviour. It also has physical traits that can make the effects of any attack more severe and even life threatening.
A dog that is of one of the following breeds is a restricted dog breed – American Pit Bull Terrier (or Pit Bull Terrier), Fila Basiliero, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, Perro de Presa Canario (or Presa Canario).
A dangerous dog is a dog that has actually attacked a person or animal or which, in the opinion of a council, is likely to cause serious injury to a person or another animal.
A restricted breed dog can become a dangerous dog if it causes serious injury to a person or animal or if a council believes that it is likely to cause serious injury to a person or another animal.
The owner or person in charge of the dog will then have to meet stronger control provisions, including the erection of an approved housing enclosure.
A dog is said to be a menacing dog if the dog causes a non serious bite injury to a person or animal. This is in addition to the existing power to declare a dog to be menacing if it rushes at or chases a person.
“Rush at” means that the dog has approached a person within 3 metres in a menacing manner, this includes displaying aggressive behaviour such as snarling, growling and raising the hackles. menacing dogs must not be confused with dangerous dogs or restricted breed dogs.
A Menacing Dog Declaration can be upgraded to a Dangerous Dog Declaration if the owner of the menacing dog has been issued with two infringement notices for failing to comply with requirements such as leashing or muzzling their dog while in public places.