Dangerous dogs – a sensible solution sets out a legislative framework that focuses on identifying and managing ‘potentially dangerous dogs’ before they become ‘dangerous dogs’. This legislative framework needs to be supported by complementary components of an effective policy solution including:
Effective identification and registration of all dogs
A national reporting system to track dog bite incidents consistently with mandatory reporting of dog bite incidents to the national database
Temperament testing encouraged by reduced registration costs, and able to be mandated by animal control authorities
Education of the whole community including pet owners, breeders, parents and children
Adequate enforcement and resourcing to ensure compliance.