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What is a dangerous dog?
A dog that aggressively attacks a person or other animal, causing physical injury or death is classed as a dangerous dog. This term and definition is included in state based dog management legislation to enable regulatory action to be taken to protect the safety of the community. Where a dog has been shown to behave in a way that fits this description, it can be subject to a local government ruling and be declared as a dangerous dog. This means that the dog is subject to a range of specific controls, such as being desexed, confined to a special enclosure within the owner's property, undertaking behaviour modification and/or training, and wearing a special collar, muzzle and lead when being exercised. In the case of the dog being particularly aggressive and/or the owners do not comply with control orders, the council has the power to euthanase the dog.
More information is also available here: Australian Veterinary Association Dangerous dogs - a sensible solution.
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