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    Council shocked as dog owners offer pit bulls for death

    Council shocked as dog owners offer pit bulls for death
    Stephanie Zevenbergen
    September 6, 2011 - 12:41PM


    IN an unprecedented move, Hume residents have surrendered their dangerous dogs to the council and want them euthanased - a move that has astonished officers.

    Hume city infrastructure director Steve Crawley said about 12 pit bull mastiff-cross breeds had been voluntarily handed over to the council to be destroyed since the fatal attack on four-year-old Ayen Chol in St Albans on August 17.

    All dogs have since been euthanased, The Hume Weekly reports.

    "We've been approached and we're a bit surprised by that because we didn't expect that sort of reaction," Mr Crawley said.

    Under a proposed amendment to the Crimes Act, owners of restricted breeds or dangerous dogs could face criminal penalties and possible jail terms if their dog attacks someone.

    Restricted breeds include pit bulls and pit bull-cross breeds that match a visual standard guideline released by the state government last week.

    Mr Crawley said what had probably scared people was the fact that the government was considering making dog attacks a criminal offence.

    He said there had been incidents of dangerous-dog attacks in Hume.

    "There was an incident a couple of years ago when five dogs were mauled [by a dangerous dog] and that was a devastating case," he said.

    Dog owners who were unsure whether their dog fell into the "dangerous" category were urged to contact the council.

    Last year, there were 203 reported dog attacks in Hume. There have been about 50 reported attacks so far this year.

    There are 19,191 dogs registered with the council – 10 of these are among the declared dangerous breeds.

    Lost Dogs Home managing director Graeme Smith said that since the attack on Ayen Chol, more dogs were being surrendered.

    "We get one, two or three at the most pit bulls a week, which is about 1 per cent [of all dogs handed in each week]," he said.

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    That article is full of inaccuracies! They consistently mix up the terms restricted and dangerous. Also, is it only owners of dangerous dogs or restricted breeds who will face tougher penalties in case of a dog attack? Could nt find that info straight away.

    I'd love to hear more details on why these people surrendered their dogs to be euthanised too. Where they registered as dangerous dogs?

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    I think its sad that so many people would just get rid of their dogs like that knowing where they will end up? Fair enough if they were aggressive, but if not.. that's just sad

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    It is happening in Geelong as well. So far 4 Pitbull mixes in Geelong have been surrender by owners for PTS. Bloody disgusting. People who abandon their dogs like that should not be allowed to own another animal.

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    Apparently one of the local newspapers there had an article saying people need to hand in their pets to be destroyed after the attack, but it doesn't mention that it's not compulsory at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beau View Post
    Council shocked as dog owners offer pit bulls for death

    Council shocked as dog owners offer pit bulls for death
    Stephanie Zevenbergen
    September 6, 2011 - 12:41PM


    IN an unprecedented move, Hume residents have surrendered their dangerous dogs to the council and want them euthanased - a move that has astonished officers.

    Hume city infrastructure director Steve Crawley said about 12 pit bull mastiff-cross breeds had been voluntarily handed over to the council to be destroyed since the fatal attack on four-year-old Ayen Chol in St Albans on August 17.

    All dogs have since been euthanased, The Hume Weekly reports.

    "We've been approached and we're a bit surprised by that because we didn't expect that sort of reaction," Mr Crawley said.

    Under a proposed amendment to the Crimes Act, owners of restricted breeds or dangerous dogs could face criminal penalties and possible jail terms if their dog attacks someone.

    Restricted breeds include pit bulls and pit bull-cross breeds that match a visual standard guideline released by the state government last week.

    Mr Crawley said what had probably scared people was the fact that the government was considering making dog attacks a criminal offence.

    He said there had been incidents of dangerous-dog attacks in Hume.

    "There was an incident a couple of years ago when five dogs were mauled [by a dangerous dog] and that was a devastating case," he said.

    Dog owners who were unsure whether their dog fell into the "dangerous" category were urged to contact the council.

    Last year, there were 203 reported dog attacks in Hume. There have been about 50 reported attacks so far this year.

    There are 19,191 dogs registered with the council – 10 of these are among the declared dangerous breeds.

    Lost Dogs Home managing director Graeme Smith said that since the attack on Ayen Chol, more dogs were being surrendered.

    "We get one, two or three at the most pit bulls a week, which is about 1 per cent [of all dogs handed in each week]," he said.
    so if a dog looks one way it must act the same right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keira & Phoenix View Post
    It is happening in Geelong as well. So far 4 Pitbull mixes in Geelong have been surrender by owners for PTS. Bloody disgusting. People who abandon their dogs like that should not be allowed to own another animal.
    Obviously these people are scared. A better option would have been to take them to the vet to be PTS, but maybe they don't realise they can, or they don't have the money... who knows.

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    Quote Originally Posted by puggerup View Post
    Obviously these people are scared. A better option would have been to take them to the vet to be PTS, but maybe they don't realise they can, or they don't have the money... who knows.
    Not a good enough excuse.

    The Vic Government has made it clear that if you register your Pitbull or Pitbull X as a restricted breed prior to the date and comply by the laws your dogs are safe.

    What exactly are they scared of?

    They betrayed their loyal dogs by doing what they did and that is unforgivable. As is letting them die in a pound or shelter on their own surrounded by scared dogs and strangers. DISGUSTING and you won't change my mind on that. If I knew someone who did this, I WOULD NEVER talk to them again. This is unacceptable.
    People need to grow some balls and start taking responsibility for the cruddy things they do.

    And they should never be allowed to have another dog, cat or animal again because clearly they do not care enough.

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    They may be scared of their dogs!!!!

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