Zero tolerance for dangerous dogs

WITH almost one dog attack every day in the Rockhampton region, council yesterday said it had adopted a zero tolerance policy on irresponsible pet owners.

In December alone, council received 23 reports of dog attacks, 16 of which caused bite injuries to either a person or another dog.

Since July, council has received more than 173 complaints about dog attacks.

In September a 59-year-old woman was mauled and a 16-year-old girl was bitten when dogs attacked in Horton Street, Koongal.

It is believed the woman is undergoing reconstructive plastic surgery.

Chair of Council’s Health and Regulatory Services Committee, Cr Tony Williams, said stringent controls were being put in place for dangerous dogs.

“Ultimately the responsibility lies with you, the pet owner, and if you allow your dogs to attack then you are liable,” he said.

He said council was dealing seriously with the non-compliance of irresponsible pet owners, with officers currently inspecting regulated dog premises to ensure compliance with legislative requirements.

The Animal Management (Cats and Dog) Act 2009 imposes stringent conditions for the keeping of regulated dogs, including suitable fencing, child proof locks, notification of the keeping of a regulated dog, and detailed identification tag specifications.

A regulated dog is a declared dangerous dog, a declared menacing dog or a restricted breed.

“I want pet owners to be totally aware that duty of care for their animal rests with them and they are responsible for their animal’s actions and behaviour at all times,” Cr Williams said.

“Pet owners have a legal and moral responsibility to ensure that you register your dog, provide an adequate enclosure, and the dog is not a nuisance or a danger.”



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