Does your dog bite?

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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