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    Question Beware of Dog Signs and City Council:S

    Just a curious question.
    Today I was talking to a few friends about Beware of dogs signs and intruders.. Now we have never had a problem since having Shadow with unwanted people coming on our property, and now that we have Tyson we are extremel careful with people coming around, we should have bought a sign a long time ago though as a precaution with shadow because i know from experience she won't let many people in freely without us knowing.

    Anyways, i told my mates how i bought this sign and then the conversation of " if you have a sign to warn people, your advertising you have potentially dangerous dogs so if someone enters your yard and gets bitten, you can still get in trouble", where i thought if you had a sign up telling people, and your dog was to bite someone unwanted then its their own fault for ignoring the sign and the dog was only doing it job so tough luck to them :S so now im iffish about putting it up before i find out the truth because i don't want my dogs put down if that was to happen all because I didn't know. I was thinking of ringing the council to ask but then I thought i might ask here first and find out what you guys know.

    Any help would be appreciated
    Thanks guys
    Mariah

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    By all means ring your local council to check their regulations but to the best of my knowledge a Beware of the Dog sign advertises the fact that your dog may bite so is in effect a dangerous dog. If your dog bites a burgler, someone selling their religion or the neighbours kids who have climbed over your fence to retrieve their football the injured party can sue you for damages, even though you didn't invite them onto your property.

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    Yeah I've talked to mum and she said ring them aswell so first thing tomorrow I will Thanks for the advice, and yeah I hope that never happens. Has anyone had any experiences with this by any chance?

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    Council laws are as DH said. Get a sign that says "dogs on property"

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    Slight subject change but does anyone remember the story of the pet sheep and the man hawking his religion door to door? No it's not a joke so don't wait for the funny punch line.

    It happened in SA (I think) a few years ago. There was a sign on the gate saying No Hawkers but the religious salesman didn't think that applied to him. He went through the farm gate and up to the house where a pet sheep was tethered on the front lawn. The sheep butted him and he fell over. Obviously his religion hadn't taught him anything about charity and forgiveness because he sued the sheep's owners for multiple injuries, psychological trauma and loss of earnings. He also insisted the sheep was a dangerous animal and should be destroyed. The incredible thing is he won the case, got his money and the sheep was killed. Sometimes the law really sucks.

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    Are you serious? Wow that's the first time I've ever heard that. Hmm I'd be fuming if I was the sheeps owner.

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    Far out...I'll be calling my council today also..I have "beware of dog enter at own risk " signs on all my gates. I'd be p*ssed off if I still got sued if someone was stupid enough to jump a high fence with Candy (who stands as tall as an adult when up on the gate) enters and gets bitten (probably little Falcon would do the biting...lol).
    The electricity meter reader has to enter the back yard to our power box...I'm soo glad I'm always home when he comes..if I'm not home, they do the estimate instead..or I call them with the reading.

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    Unfortunately, its the world we live in now adays.... everyone will sue someone for something.... Its a very sad state of affairs indeed!

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    What would happen if you also had a 'no tresspassing' or 'trespassers will be prosecuted' sign on your fence?

    Do they count for anything or could someone still sue if they were on your property and got bitten by a dog?

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    I rang today and found out it is true but if you have a "dog on premises" sign and someone gets bitten its possible you can still get sued but the coucil can't come and declare your dog dangerous but they can with the beware of dog signs :S we talked for a while, this guy and I, so I also found out that on July 1st there is a new law coming in that we have a defense in this situation but he didnt go into detail. So I am going to ring back on the 1st and find out more goss about it and leave the sign down until I know.

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