Second Council reports coming as a result of the one year anniversary of the Domestic Animals Act anniversary:
WYNDHAM Council has not seized any restricted breed dogs under tougher dangerous dog laws brought in a year ago.
But it is investigating two dog attack-related matters for court action.
It has been a year since the State Government introduced tough new legislation covering dangerous dogs.
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The regulations were dubbed “Ayen’s law” after four-year-old St Albans girl Ayen Chol, who was killed by an unregistered pit bull cross.
Owners of dangerous, menacing or restricted dogs can face jail if their dog kills a person.
Since the legislation came into effect, the Wyndham Council has not seized any dangerous dogs.
There are 31 registered restricted breed dogs in Wyndham.
The council said it had inspected properties where dangerous dogs were being kept.
No dogs have been surrendered or euthanised, acting chief executive Bill Forrest said.
Since January 1, 127 dog attacks have been reported to the council.
“Wyndham City rangers are currently investigating two dog attack incidents, both involving minor injuries on other dogs,” Mr Forrest said.
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.”