If a dog attacks a person or animal causing serious injury, it can be declared dangerous by Council. It can be declared dangerous if it is trained, or being trained, for attack or guard-dog purposes, or has previously been declared dangerous by another council.
You are required to notify Council if and when:
If a dog rushes at or chases a person, or if a dog has been declared a menacing dog by another Council, Council may declare the dog to be menacing.
The state government has introduced legislation to restrict the keeping of 'Restricted Breed Dogs'. There are conditions associated with the keeping of restricted breed dogs. The following breeds are included in this category:
Dogs declared Restricted Breed Dogs either by an Authorised Officer of Council or by the owner must be identified by an implanted microchip. The state government has developed a Victorian Declared Dog Registry where councils must record all dogs declared Dangerous, Menacing and Restricted Breeds. This registry holds the information of the dog’s owner, the dog's microchip number, a description of the dog and the location where the dog is kept.
For more information, please read the Restricted Breed Dogs (269.33kB) brochure produced by the Victorian Government.
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