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Control requirements for owners of declared dangerous dogs

If you own a dog that has been declared dangerous, you must ensure that:

  • your dog is microchipped and lifetime registered
  • your dog is desexed (or permanently sterilised)
  • your dog is not, at any time, left in the sole charge of a person under the age of 18 years
  • your dog is contained in an enclosure that meets the requirements of clause 24 of the Companion Animals Regulation 2008 when on the premises where it is ordinarily kept. You must also obtain a certificate of compliance from your local council, certifying that the enclosure meets the regulatory requirements
  • you prominently display dangerous dog warning signs on the premises where your dog is ordinarily kept
  • your dog wears a prescribed collar at all times
  • your dog wears a muzzle and is securely leashed at all times when outside the enclosure where it is ordinarily kept. If your dog has been declared as a dangerous dog because it is being kept or used for hunting, it is exempt from the requirements to be muzzled and securely leashed when outside the enclosure where ordinarily kept when it is actually hunting
  • you notify the local council for the area in which you intend to keep your dog, if this council area is different to the council area where your dog was kept when it was declared dangerous.
  • you notify the local council for the area in which your dog is ordinarily kept:
    • if the location (within the same council area) at which your dog is ordinarily kept changes as soon as practicable after the change of location
    • if your dog, with or without provocation, attacks or injures a person or animal, other than vermin (must notify within 24 hours of the attack or injury). It is an offence, under the Companion Animals Act 1998, to encourage a declared dangerous dog to attack a person or animal
    • if your dog cannot be found (must notify within 24 hours of your dog's absence first being noticed)
    • if your dog dies (must notify as soon as practicable after your dog's death).
  • you do not transfer ownership of your dog. It is also an offence to accept ownership of a dangerous dog
  • you do not sell (sell includes give away) your dog or advertise it for sale.

For more information contact your local council.

If you fail to comply with these requirements, you may be issued with a penalty notice and/or liable for imprisonment and your dog may, under certain circumstances, be seized and destroyed.

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