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Dangerous Dogs

Dangerous dogs are dogs that the Council has declared dangerous because it has caused the death of or serious injury to a person or animal by biting or attacking.

Councils can also declare dogs to be dangerous if the dog is a menacing dog and its owner has received at least 2 infringement notices for failing to comply with restraint requirements, if the dog has been declared dangerous under corresponding legislation in another State/Territory, or for any other reason prescribed.

A Menacing dog is a dog that the Council has declared Menacing due to it rushing or chasing a person, or causing a non serious bite injury to a person or animal. “Rush at” means that the dog has approached a person within 3 metres in a menacing manner, this includes displaying aggressive behaviour such as snarling, growling and raising the hackles.