Crackdown on dangerous dog owners

An increase in dogs attacking other animals or showing aggressive behaviour has prompted a warning to animal owners in the Shoalhaven.

Council rangers issued a number of menacing dog orders in the past few weeks, including one on Monday.

The dog on Monday escaped from its yard, attacked and killed another dog being walked on a lead.

Ranger Services manager Michael Jarman said the dangerous dog had been impounded and would remain there until its owner could prove the dog can be contained.

“This sort of thing is not a daily occurrence but it is becoming more frequent,” Mr Jarman said.

“A dog doesn’t have to bite a person to be classified as dangerous.

“A dangerous dog is one we think has or is likely to bite someone or something. Or has bitten or killed another animal.

“A menacing dog shows unusual aggression or has an aggressive nature.

“If dog owners can ensure their animals can’t get out of their yards everyone will be happy.”

Owners of dangerous or menacing dogs face a minimum fine of $1760 for not having their animal under control in a public place.

Add to that $1320 if the dog is not wearing the correct reflective collar. And selling or giving the animal away will also cost the owner $1320.

Other regulations relating to dangerous or menacing dogs include, ensuring that the dog is registered and desexed and is muzzled when outside the property.

The dog owner must clearly display ‘Warning Dangerous Dog’ signs outside their property and have a current certificate of compliance for the prescribed pet enclosure.

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