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Dangerous, menacing and restricted dogs

If Council declares a dog to be dangerous or menacing, owners must by law, follow strict rules including how the dog is to be kept. Failure to comply with the requirements can result in penalty notices and seizure of the dog.

  • Dangerous Dogs

    Council can declare a dangerous dog if it:

    • has, without provocation, attacked or killed a person or animal (not including vermin)

    • has, without provocation, repeatedly threatened to attack or repeatedly chased a person or animal (not including vermin)

    • is kept or used for hunting

    • has been declared a dangerous dog under the law of another State or Territory that corresponds with the Act.

  • Menacing Dogs

    Council can declare a dog menacing if it:

    • has displayed unreasonable aggression towards a person or animal (other than vermin)

    • has, without provocation, attacked a person or animal (other than vermin) but without causing serious injury or death

    • has been declared a menacing dog under a law of another State or Territory that corresponds with the Act.

  • Restricted breeds

    The following breeds of dogs are considered restricted breeds as specified in the Companion Animal Act 1998:

    • American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier

    • Dogo Argentino

    • Fila Brasileiro

    • Japanese Tosa

    • Any dog declared by an authorised Council Officer to be a restricted dog

    • Any other dog of a breed, kind or description whose importation into Australia is prohibited by or under the Customs Act 1901 of the Commonwealth.

    From 1 July 2020, the Government introduced annual permits for owners of restricted dog breeds and dogs declared to be dangerous.

    Owners of these dogs are required to pay a $195 annual permit in addition to their one-off lifetime pet registration fee. Please refer to the Annual Permits section for more information.

  • Dog attacks
    A dog attack is a serious issue and should be reported to Council immediately. An authorised Council Officer may seize a dog responsible for an attack within 72 hours of it occurring.

    A dog attack can include when a dog rushes at, attacks, bites, harasses or chases any person or animal (other than vermin), whether or not any injury is caused.

    Click here for more information on Dog Attack Reporting.

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