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New Bill Has Fewer Teeth For Savage Dogs

tybrax
October 9th, 2008, 09:29 PM
Edition B - MainFRI 10 OCT 2008, Page 007
New Bill has few teeth for savage dogs
Back to the bad old days as changes loosen leash
By by Geoff Chambers council reporter


DANGEROUS cross-bred dogs, including the notorious American pitbull terrier, could be allowed to run free on the Gold Coast under new state laws.
Council heavies are perplexed by plans to overhaul the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Bill, which would weaken restrictions on dangerous dogs.
The changes would make it tougher for council officers to keep track of pure-bred and cross-bred dogs and leave the council in the dark on the declaration of dangerous dogs.


Dog owners could also cop bigger infringement fines, with a `wandering at large' charge increasing from $75 to $220 and dangerous dog fines increasing from $375 to $1760.
Robina councillor and pet expo convener Jan Grew said the victims of dog attacks would be `outraged' if the relaxation was adopted.
An animal lover, Cr Grew revealed that she and her Jack Russell dog had been involved in an attack this week.


She said the proposed Bill would remove the ability to prohibit restricted dogs and those dog owners would be able to undermine the system, similar to the `bad old days'.
``These mooted changes would be horrendous for any person who has been involved in a dog attack,'' said Cr Grew.


``They would be sickened and appalled by this piece of legislation.
``The community expects that council delivers a stringent animal management service and to change this would be outrageous.
``I was involved in a dog attack with my Jack Russell and we need to keep check on what dogs are out there and the types of owners allowed to keep these dogs.''


Council CEO Dale Dickson will write to Local Government Minister Warren Pitt outlining the councillors' fears about the Bill including the removal of cross-breeds from the restricted dog list and the removal of the prohibition on restricted dogs being kept and sold.
Mr Dickson will also ask the State Government to re-consider its fine increases because dog owners responded better to smaller fines.
Councillors have told The Bulletin they are worried that the State Government will ignore their concerns.


In 2004, there were 550 attacks by dogs on the Coast but that figure has dropped dramatically over the years.
Mayor Ron Clarke said attacks on humans have also dramatically dropped since the banning of dangerous breeds.


``It is not a question of just limiting this to pure breeds. It is the cross- breeds that are the real worry,'' he said.
``From what officers tell me they are the big problem and the most dangerous. There is no pure-bred registry.
``So basically according to this Bill, there are no restrictions on breeding, keeping or on-selling of these dogs.''


He said dogs including the pitbull and savage cross-breeds must be included in any restricted dog list.
Council officers would also be removed by the Bill from the process of declaring a dangerous dog.
The Bill supports a blanket approach, where officers would not look at attacks on a `case by case' basis.
``This is just another case of bureaucracy gone mad,'' said Cr Clarke.


GO THE 4 MOUSEKEETERS

TYBRAX :thumbs up

LavenderRott
October 9th, 2008, 10:38 PM
He said dogs including the pitbull and savage cross-breeds must be included in any restricted dog list.
Council officers would also be removed by the Bill from the process of declaring a dangerous dog.
The Bill supports a blanket approach, where officers would not look at attacks on a `case by case' basis.
``This is just another case of bureaucracy gone mad,'' said Cr Clarke.



OMG! Bureaucracy must be going mad if they are actually considering passing a bill that not only addresses the issue - dogs running at large - but actually looks at attacks on a case by case basis!! Imagine - people actually being fined for having dogs that attack while running loose on the streets! Can it be true!?!

Schwinn
October 11th, 2008, 10:48 PM
According to these politicians (and too many people in Canada)--

My 7 yr old pit-cross who has never hurt anyone except when she knocked over both my 1 yr old and 3 yr old from a vigurous licking=dangerous dog.

German Sheppard who literally ripped off my sister's lip, Mastiff who killed a little girl, border collie who police shot in Sutton because of repeated attacks=not dangerous

Gone mad, indeed!


That being said, this is good news, Tybrax!

Love4himies
October 13th, 2008, 05:17 PM
According to these politicians (and too many people in Canada)--

My 7 yr old pit-cross who has never hurt anyone except when she knocked over both my 1 yr old and 3 yr old from a vigurous licking=dangerous dog.



:eek::eek: That could have lead to drowning or choking :laughing: