30 Days Amnesty
Melbourne, AU - In the wake of a little girl brutally killed by a pit bull-mix in a "home-invasion" attack, the Baillieu Government is rushing new laws through Parliament to arm council officers with the power to seize and destroy unregistered restricted dog breeds.1 Prior to this, crosses of restricted breeds could escape inclusion on the dangerous dogs register. Owners of pit bull crosses have one month to register their dogs or face the animal's seizure and destruction.
On August 17, Ayen Chol was ripped from her mother's grasp by a pit bull cross that entered into the home where her family was staying.
The Government also created a Dangerous Dog Hotline (operational seven days a week) so that members of the public can notify council officials about restricted dog breeds living in their neighborhoods. Officials are also considering stronger penalties for owners of restricted breeds who are not in compliance with state law. The new penalties would require jail time, instead of the $4500 fine that was issued to the owner of the pit bull cross that killed Ayen.
A new set of identification guidelines spelling out exactly what is regarded as a pit bull or pit bull cross will stop owners claiming their dogs belong to different breeds.
An amnesty allowing pit bull and restricted dog owners to notify authorities of their pets will end on September 30.
From that day, dog inspectors will have the authority to destroy any unregistered dog fitting the pit bull description.
From today members of the public can "dob in a dangerous dog" through a $100,000 hotline to help council officers identify potential dangers hidden in their neighbourhoods. (Grant McArthur and Amelia Harris, Herald Sun)
Kudos on the crackdown Baillieu Government!
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1Restricted dog breeds must be microchipped, sterilized, kept in a secure yard and muzzled and leashed when in public. Restricted breeds include: dogo argentina, japanese tosa, fila brasilia and pit bull terriers.
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Photo: Daily Mail