Dangerous dogs can be broken down into three categories:
- Dangerous dog - declared
- Dangerous dog - restricted breed
- Commercial security dog.
The City may declare an individual dog dangerous if:
- The dog has caused injury or damage by an attack on, or chasing a person, animal or vehicle, or
- The dog has repeatedly, shown a tendency:
- to attack, or chase, a person, animal or vehicle even though no injury has been caused by that behaviour; or
- to threaten to attack.
The Dog Act 1976 advises the following dogs as restricted breed dogs:
- American Pit Bull Terrier and Pit Bull Terrier
- Dogo Argentino (Argentinean Fighting Dog)
- Fila Brasileiro (Brazillian Fight Dog)
- Japanese Tosa
- Any dog of a mixed breed that visibly contains any of these breeds.
This is any dog that is kept to guard or protect a commercial premise. A dog which demonstrates aggressive behaviour when actively working.
In addition to standard dog owner responsibilities, owners of dangerous dogs must ensure the following:
- Dog to wear prescribed collar
- Property to display warning signs at every entrance
- Escape and child proof fencing
- A maximum of two dangerous dogs per property
- Dog to be held on leash and muzzled at all times in a public place
- Compulsory sterilisation (dangerous breed only)
- Can only be registered 1 year at a time.
The City Rangers carry out annual inspections of properties for dangerous dog owner to ensure compliance with all restrictions. An inspection fee is charged with each inspection.