Dangerous dog ok for NSW

A DANGEROUS Rockhampton dog deported to New South Wales will not automatically be declared a dangerous animal there.

The Morning Bulletin revealed last week that the dog had been relocated to Lismore after a Rockhampton woman was mauled so badly she needed surgery.

Two other dogs seized after the September, 2009, attack on the 59-year-old woman were destroyed.

The dog, believed to be a bull mastiff cross, is listed on Queensland’s dangerous dogs register.

A Lismore City Council spokeswoman said rangers would assess the dog.

“The dog will not be put on the dangerous dog register unless it commits a dangerous act, or unless our rangers deem it dangerous,” she said.

“Our rangers would probably not take any action unless something happened.

“However, it is standard practice for a council to notify another council when a dangerous dog moves into that council’s area.”

Rockhampton Regional Council CEO Alastair Dawson last week said the council in Lismore had been notified about the declared dangerous dog and councils north of its border were also aware of the situation.

With almost one dog attack every day in the Rockhampton region, council has adopted a zero tolerance policy on irresponsible pet owners and stringent controls were being put in place for dangerous dogs.

Chairman of the Council’s Health and Regulatory Services Committee, Cr Tony Williams said the responsibility lay with the dog owners who had a legal and moral responsibility to ensure that the dog was registered, had an adequate enclosure, and the dog was not a nuisance or a danger.

He said officers were inspecting regulated dog premises to ensure compliance with legislative requirements.

Rockhampton Regional Council has also introduced initiatives to teach owners about their responsibilities including free basic obedience training classes and puppy classes in 2010.



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