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    Default Victorian coroner wants laws to make vets report restricted-breed dogs

    VETS should be required to report any dogs suspected of being a restricted breed, according to a coroner's finding into the death of four-year-old Ayen Chol.

    Ayen Chol was killed when a pit bull cross, owned by St Albans men Lazor Josevski and Nick Josevski, charged into her home and mauled her as she clung to her mother's leg in August last year.

    Coroner Kim Parkinson recommended in her finding, released today, that the Domestic Animals Act 1994 be amended to require veterinary surgeons to mandatorily report any dog that is or may be a restricted breed that is not registered, neutered and microchipped.

    She also recommended Victorian Parliament legislate expressly to prohibit the breeding of restricted breed dogs and said criminal charges should apply to any breeding activity.

    Ms Parkinson's ruling found Lazor and Nick Josevski, who owned the American pit bull terrier that mauled Ayen Chol, contributed to her death by failing to secure the dog and prevent its escape from their property as required under restricted breed dog laws.

    Parents Mawien Chol Marjong and Jackline Anchito holding a photo of Ayen Chol.

    Ms Parkinson also said the animal's owners contributed to the death by trying to hide a restricted breed dog from authorities.

    Strict new dangerous dog laws were introduced after the death of Ayen Chol, allowing councils to destroy any breed on the restricted dog register that was not registered with the council.

    However, proving that an animal is in fact a restricted breed has made enforcing the new rules difficult for local councils.

    In her ruling, Ms Parkinson said the onus of establishing that a dog is a restricted breed should lie with its owners and not authorities.

    Lazor Josevski, 58, pleaded guilty earlier this year to four charges over the fatal attack and was fined $11,000. The dog has been destroyed.

    Victorian coroner wants laws to make vets report restricted-breed dogs | News.com.au

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    The mandatory reporting by vets is not likely to work.

    They've already made it clear that they can't say for sure what breed a dog is. So they're not going to say for sure a dog is not a pitbull (and then get their arses sued off cos it's not a safe dog) and they're not going to say for sure it is (and then get their arses sued off for something they can't prove is true).

    The coroner needs some educating about DNA, dog breeds, dog breed identification and proto dog (what you get with multiple cross breeding).

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    ABC news only mentioned the criminal charges for breeding a restricted breed. Which at first sight i thought seemed like a good idea. Not because I think no-one should breed pitts but because I could never trust anyone who would deliberately breed them whilst knowing the BSL. But I quickly realised that it would be as much of a minefield as the rest of BSL. What about accidental litters? What about crosses?

    I am in favour of mandatory desexing of all pet dogs. But one of my pet peeves is that councils don't spend resources on enforcing those laws now. A lot of problems could be avoided if they did. So such legislation would just be a hollow threat anyway... Just like the rest of it. It can only be used to randomly set some examples, but it has no substance whatsoever.

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    We don't even have any laws regards puppies and BYB and desexing... just a discount on your dog rego if your dog is desexed for which you have to take in some paperwork - which would be very easy to fake.

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