Tougher laws for dangerous dogs

Lismore City Council rangers now have greater powers to deal with dangerous dogs following the introduction of amendments to the Companion Animals Act on January 1.

Lismore City Council ranger Stuart Thomson says the changes mean restricted breeds such as pit bull terriers and any dogs previously declared dangerous which attack or bite a person without provocation can now be immediately seized and destroyed.

The amended legislation also means rangers can declare any dog dangerous which shows unreasonable aggression or is kept for the purpose of hunting.

Ive seen many aggressive dogs around Lismore that havent attacked people but are a time bomb waiting to go off, Stuart said. Owners should be aware of the ramifications of owning an aggressive dog and ensure its visibly socialised with people and other animals. They must also have adequate fencing and enclosures to contain the dog on their property. The onus is now fully on the owner to take responsibility for their pet.

For more information on the new laws phone Stuart on 6625 0500.


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