The Dog Act 1976 was recently amended to bring the provisions relating to restricted breeds from regulations into the Act. They are designed to require responsible ownership of these dogs which are known to be more genetically disposed to be aggressive.
Dangerous Dogs can be of any breed and the Act identifies three types of dangerous dogs:
- Dangerous Dog (Restricted Breed).
- Dangerous Dog (Declared).
- Commercial Security Dog.
Certain breeds of dogs have been identified by the commonwealth government as being particularly aggressive. These breeds have been banned from import into Australia and each state and territory has introduced legislation to protect the community from these breeds.
What dog breeds are restricted
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Brasileiro
- Japanese tosa
- American pitbull terrier
- Pitbull Terrier
- Perro de presa Canario or Presna Canario
- This also includes any dog visibly containing any of the above breeds.
Protection Measures for ANY dog that is classed as a Dangerous Dog
1. Dogs must wear a prescribed collar at all times when in a public place. The collar is to be red and yellow diagonal stripes of 25mm in width. One of these colours must be fluorescent.
2. Property to display Dangerous Dogs signs.
3. Dog to be confined in a space that is escape proof and child proof.
4. Compulsory sterilisation and micro-chipping.
5. Compulsory notification to a local government if a dangerous dog escapes or dies.
6. Dogs must be on a leash and muzzled while in public places at all times.
7. It is an offence to sell, buy or advertise for sale, restricted breed dogs.
Registration of Dangerous Dogs
All dangerous dogs can only be registered annually and an additional inspection fee must be paid at the time of registration. A Ranger will inspect your property to ensure all protection measures are being complied with.
Penalties and Infringements
All dangerous dog offences are an on-the-spot fine of $400.00 per offence. Where an owner fails to comply with these regulations a seizure and destruction order may be obtained. The Dog Act and Dog Regulations provide for a maximum penalty of $10,000.