Dog Law

All dog owners should be aware of the laws relating to dog ownership. There are many different laws relating to dogs covering everything from owning an illegal breed, keeping dogs under proper control, and fouling.

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Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and Dangerous Dogs Amendment Act 1997

It is an offence to own or keep any of the following types of a dog unless listed on the Index of Exempted Dogs and complies with the requirements.

  • Pit Bull Terrier
  • Japanese Tosa
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro

Being an owner of a dog of any type or breed which is dangerously out of control is an offence.

If a dog is dangerously out of control - then the owner or the person in charge of the dog is guilty of an offence, or, if the dog while so out of control injures any person, an aggravated offence under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.

Control of Dogs Order 1992

This order states that a dog in a public place must wear a collar bearing the name and address (including postcode) of the owner engraved or written on it, or engraved on a tag. Failure to comply with this order is an offence.

Any person found guilty of an offence can be prosecuted and potentially receive an unlimited fine.

Animals Act 1971

The Animals Act 1971 provides that the keeper of an animal is liable for any damage it causes if he knows it was likely to cause such damage or injury unrestrained.

The Dogs Protection of Livestock Act 1953

Under the Dogs (Protection of Livestock) Act 1953 the owner and anyone else under whose control the dog is at the time will be guilty of an offence if it worries livestock on agricultural land.

Last updated 30 November 2022
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