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Sydney, AU – Victoria Dog Victim’s Family Back Breeding Ban

Lazor and Nick Josevski contributed to Ayen Chol’s death in 2011, according to Victorian Coroner Kim Parkinson.

Parkinson found the owners of “Rex”, an American Pit Bull, failed to follow existing laws requiring their dog be registered, desexed, microchipped and secured at their property.

Ayen died in her St. Albans home in 2011 when Rex escaped through an open door from his owners property.  Rex attacked Ayne’s aunt and 5 year old cousin before turning on her.

In a statement released through their attorney, Ayen’s family said, “Ayen died because the dog owners failed to comply with the law.”

Coroner Parkinson has recommended that criminal sanctions apply to breeders of restricted breed dogs and that the onus of establishing whether a dog is classified as such rest on the woner rather than on authorities.  She also recommended mandatory reporting by veterinarians of any restricted breed or suspected restricted breed dog which is unregistered, not desexed and not microchipped as required by law.

Ayen’s family asked the Government through their statement released by Attorney Ike Nwokolo, “I would encourage and ask on behalf of the family that the government put in place the recommendations.”

According to the coroner’s report, Zlate Lazarovski supplied Rex to his cousin Nick, therefore also contributing to Ayen’s death because he knew the dog breed was restricted and his breeding was unauthorized.

The Australian Veterinary Association did not support mandatory reporting of restricted breeds by Veterinarians, saying it is not possible to definitively identify a pit bull and stated the recommendations could discourage owners from seeking care for their animals leading them to suffer needlessly.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8540047

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UPDATE: Australia- Dangerous Dog Laws Fail to Accomplish Convictions

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.
http://wyndham-leader.whereilive.com.au/lifestyle/story/no-dogs-seized-in-wyndham/

 

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.”

http://moonee-valley-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/dog-laws-show-bite-moonee-valley-stats-show/

UPDATE: Moonee Valley, AU – Dangerous Dog Laws Fail to Accomplish Convictions

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.”

http://moonee-valley-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/dog-laws-show-bite-moonee-valley-stats-show/