Aggressive dogs can cause a real danger to other people and animals in the community, who have the right to walk in public places without fear of being attacked. Council is required to act upon all complaints received for aggressive dogs.
The complainant will be asked to complete a Statutory Declaration with sufficient information to provide Council with grounds to investigate. The identity of the complainant will remain confidential in any correspondence from Council. If the matter goes to Court, the complainant/s will be required to supply evidence in person.
Depending upon the severity of the attack the dog may also be seized, impounded and/or destroyed, in addition to the owner being fined and/or prosecuted. The dog may also be declared either a Dangerous Dog or Menacing Dog under the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008. The owner must comply with legislated conditions for keeping a declared dog and will incur additional registration fees.
The Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 was introduced on 1 July 2009 to provide for the effective management of Regulated Dogs. In addition Council's Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management) prohibits the keeping of a Restricted Dog anywhere in the local government area.
A Regulated Dog is defined as;
- Declared Dangerous Dogs
- Declared Menacing Dogs
- Restricted Dogs
A Dangerous Dog Declaration can be made for a dog only if the dog;
- Has seriously attacked, or acted in a way that caused fear to, a person or another animal; or
- May, in the opinion of an authorised person having regard to the way the dog has behaved towards a person or another animal, seriously attack, or act in a way that causes fear to, the person or animal.
A Menacing Dog Declaration may be made for a dog only if a ground mentioned above exists for the dog, except that the attack was not serious.
A Restricted Dog is a dog of a breed prohibited from importation into Australia under the Customs Act 1901 (Cmwlth).
The following breeds, any crossbreed of the following as well as their offspring are classified as restricted dog breeds:
|Pit Bull Terrier, also known as American Pit Bull Terrier|
Perro de Presa Canario / Presa Canario
Owners of these breeds must apply to register their animals as Restricted Dogs with their Local Council by completing an Application for Registration Form (download) and ensure they comply with State Legislation as outlined in The Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008. This Act lists the following controls that are to be in place for restricted dogs:
- Identification - The dog must at all times, wear a collar with an attached identifying tag.
- Muzzling and Effective Control in Public - The dog must not be in a public place unless it is muzzled and under the effective control of someone who has the control of no more than 2 dogs of any breed or type at the same time.
- De-Sexing - All restricted dogs must be desexed.
- Enclosure - A childproof enclosure must be maintained for the dog at the premises on which the dog is kept. Read about enclosure requirements for regulated dogs.
For further information please contact Council's Regulatory Services Department on (07) 4970 0700 or visit the Queensland Government Regulated Dogs information page (download).