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    WA's dog laws to change after attacks
    12:18 AEST Thu Jun 7 2012


    Western Australia's 35-year-old dog control laws are to be updated after a spate of vicious attacks, including the mauling of a six-year-old girl by three bull arab mastiffs last week.

    The WA Local Government Association (WALGA) on Thursday said the state government's plan to soon introduce a Dog Amendment Bill was welcomed after it reviewed the Dog Act in 2004 and again in 2007, but the process stalled at the parliamentary stage.

    Proposed amendments included prohibiting the availability, breeding and sale of dangerous breeds and sterilisation of dangerous breeds along with increased penalties for irresponsible owners and powers for local rangers.

    WALGA president Troy Pickard said the recent spate of vicious dog attacks was appalling.

    "It highlights to most that dog control laws that have not been changed for more than 35 years are clearly out of date and out of step with current community expectations," Mayor Pickard said.

    A man called ABC radio last month saying he was shocked and distressed to have witnessed his nine-year-old Westie Maltese being mauled and killed by two Staffordshire terriers, only to be then told by the owner to "get over it".

    "Revisions to the Dog Act to deal more effectively with vicious dogs have been on the agenda of state governments for years and it is time to do something about it, before another innocent person or family pet is seriously mauled or killed," Mr Pickard said.

    WALGA said it would seek ideas from councils on the proposed amendments which it would then discuss with the state government.
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    So one of these attacks was by bull arab mastiff Xs and the other by SBTs but they want to solve the problem by restricting the breeding of "dangerous breeds"? Anything with teeth then? The mind boggles.

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    As someone said once WA dog laws have a bad case of gingivitis and all the teeth fell out.
    Beau.

    The bandaid solution of BSL, will not and can not work. They have been told this since its inception.

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    What would work?
    It is so not the dogs fault.
    How do we get to the bipeds before these things happen and prevent them. Some people shouldn't own some breeds ( probably none!)
    The trouble is politically speaking, funding prevention is like fencing off a dangerous cliff. There are no votes if no one falls down, there is applause (and votes) for the ambulances at the bottom of the cliff. Therefoe good prevention programmes will always struggle for funding and recognition.
    If prevention works, nothing happens!!

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    If a dog or dogs attacked my puppy when I was out walking and killed it I would want them PTS so no one else had to deal with the grief.
    If it happened when I was in their yard and I was the stranger, well that is a different matter. How to legislate common sense?

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    Yes what would work? I certainly read a lot on here about what won't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter70 View Post
    Yes what would work? I certainly read a lot on here about what won't.
    Google 'Calgary Model'. As in Calgary, Canada.

    I'll admit it is not perfect- but it is many times more effective than BSL and some of the outcomes are extremely positive.

    In a nutshell, it is about taking seriously and enforcing laws around dog ownership and community education. Calgary has no BSL and consistently lower numbers of attacks/bites/homicides than places with BSL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrview View Post
    ... How to legislate common sense?
    Have to change it to 'uncommon' or 'not seen often enough' sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peter70 View Post
    Yes what would work? I certainly read a lot on here about what won't.
    A dog owner licensing system is often mentioned on here. I reckon that would make some difference if it is implemented properly.

    And the Calgary model too.

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    http://www.dogforum.com.au/bsl-dog-l...er-attack.html

    Is a link to the attack on the girl. The dad? thinks that restricting the breed will make a difference.

    I don't think so. I think keeping children away from dogs that are not familiar with children would be a good start and I'd be tempted to prosecute the dad for negligence - the same as if he'd left the child to play in traffic.

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