According to news out of Moonee Valley, a small area located within Melbourne, Victoria, Australia has received 24 reports of suspected dangerous dogs since changes to the 1994 Domestic Animals Act went into affect almost a year ago.
The changes stipulated only restricted-breed dogs registered before September 30th, 2011 would be allowed to stay in Victoria.
The revised law, which was made effective September 1st of last year, required registration, spay/neuter and microchipping of existing dogs that would have to be secured in an enclosure with warning signs.
Two unregistered ‘restricted breed’ dogs have been identified within the past year according to Council Chief Executive Neville Smith. One of the two was voluntarily surrendered by the owner while the second is currently awaiting a court ruling while in the custody of officials.
Only four restricted dogs and one cross-breed are currently registered in Moonee Valley.
“While we have experienced dog attacks in Moonee Valley, the majority of these have not involved dogs that the State Government have classified as restricted breed dogs,” Smith said. “This is a complex issue and counsil understand community concerns regarding dangerous breeds of dogs and their potential to harm.”