What must you do if you have been issued with a Notice of Intention to Declare a Dog to be a Restricted Dog by your local council?
If you are issued with a Notice of Intention to Declare a Dog to be a Restricted Dog, you must follow all instructions in the notice. You must also immediately ensure that the dog is contained securely within its property so that it cannot chase or attack any person lawfully at the property.
When outside its property the dog must be muzzled and secured by a leash under the control by a competent person. The dog must also be lifetime registered with the local council within 7 days.
Note: Where the owner of a dog issued with a Notice of Intention to declare a dog a restricted dog fails to comply with any of the above requirements an authorised council officer may seize the dog.
If you wish to contest the notice, you have 28 days. You may obtain a certificate confirming that your dog is not of a restricted breed or cross breed of a restricted breed from an approved breed assessor.
If you do not obtain a certificate or your dog is certified as a pure breed restricted dog, your dog will be declared a restricted dog.
If your dog is assessed as a cross-breed of a restricted breed, you may obtain a certificate from an approved temperament assessor stating that your dog does not pose a threat to the community or is not likely, without provocation, to bite any person or animal.
If you do not obtain a certificate or your dog fails the temperament assessment, your dog will be declared a restricted dog.