Does your dog bite?
THE Cairns Regional Council wants tougher dog laws prohibiting people from owning savage dogs if they are caught egging on attacks.
The laws for supervising dangerous dogs in Queensland are under review after taking effect two years ago, and the Council is being asked to have its say on what further reforms are needed.
Under the present laws it is illegal to allow or encourage a dog to attack a person or another animal, and the crime carries a fine of $30,000.
And while the CRC said the fines were adequate, it insists courts should be given the power to ban anyone owning a dog if they were convicted of an attack offence.
In the CRC’S submission to the Department of Local Government and Planning, its CEO Lyn Russell also said council officers should be able to hand out fines to any banned dog owner who is caught in possession of a dog.
In other changes recommend by the CRC, owners of dangerous dogs could apply to have their animal “undeclared” if three years had passed without a complaint against the dog.