Melanie, here's the response that I got from my fellow DDB rep.
I hope this is helpful to you. If you need anything else just let me know.
Ann - I have managed to read the thread via the link you provided initially.
Two points that need to be stressed - it is ILLEGAL (under Queensland law -Animal Care and Protection Act 2001) to cause undue pain or stress to animals. In addition, depending on the size of the yard, the dog needs to be exercised at least ONCE every 48 hours. A formal complaint needs to be made with the RSPCA to initiate proceedings under this act.
The 2nd point is that under the Local Government Act 1993 (and depending on which local authority Melanie resides in) she can complain to the local council about the dog being a problem. It depends on how the local laws are constructed.
One final point - there are places across Australia that allow pets (subject to reasonable conditions) on their properties. It is a matter of doing some research.
Hope this helps.
Robert H Bromwich
Brisbane Representative and
Dogs Deserve Better - NO CHAINS!
T: 0408 789 356