The term 'regulated dog' is used to refer to:
- declared dangerous dogs
- declared menacing dogs
- restricted dogs (classified under the Commonwealth law as breeds of dogs that are prohibited from being imported into Australia).
The following definitions apply to regulated dogs.
A dangerous dog declaration may be made for a dog if the dog:
- has seriously attacked someone, or another animal
- has acted in a way that causes fear to someone, or another animal
- may – in the opinion of an authorised person – seriously attack someone, or another animal, or
- may act in a way that causes fear to someone, or another animal.
Seriously attack means causing bodily harm, grievous bodily harm or death.
A menacing dog declaration may be made for a dog if it behaved in a way defined as 'dangerous', except that the attack was not serious.
The following breeds of dogs are restricted:
- American Pit Bull Terriers
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Brasileiro
- Japanese Tosa.
Note: A restricted breed requires a restricted dog permit from council.
Reporting a dog attack
If a dog attacks you or your pet:
- contact council to report the incident as soon as possible. Describe the dog and any registration or owner details. Provide adequate details so that the matter can be investigated
- advise council if the animal is still at large so council can try to impound it to ensure it doesn’t cause more injuries
- get treatment from a doctor or vet. Ask the doctor or vet for a statement of attendance that records your visit
- take photographs of any injuries
- write a statement of events while the incident is fresh in your mind.
Regulated dog owner requirements
Once a dog has been declared dangerous, menacing or restricted the owner must comply with certain requirements.
Owners are required to:
- pay higher registration fees
- provide and maintain adequate child-proof fencing
- have the dog desexed (dangerous and restricted dogs only)
- have the dog microchipped
- have the dog wear the provided red & yellow collar and yellow tag at all times
- have the dog muzzled when in a public place (dangerous dogs only)
- comply with council restrictions on where the dog can be exercised
- display signage on gates or entries to their property
- obtain a permit (restricted dogs only).
Regulated dog inspection program
Council undertakes annual inspection programs during the regulation month the dog was declared.
The program focuses on regulated dogs. A regulated dog is a dog which has been declared under the Animal Management Act 2008 to be:
The officers audit the premises where the regulated dogs are being kept. The audit checks the dog is being kept in line with imposed mandatory conditions:
Council is required to complete this audit under the Animal Management Act 2008.
A copy of the most recent program is available on council's Ordinary Meeting Minutes 16 August 2018.