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    Unhappy Dangerous Dog

    Hi this is my first time on any kind of forum, I have just recently been forced by my council to sign a declaration that my dog is dangerous. my question is can this decision be changed ?

    My situation is I live in Victoria outskirts of melb on a 20 acre property my brother was fixing a hole in a dam at back of block,he had his dog a mas'tif x and my dog a purebred American staff with him the dogs wandered off and attacked an alpaca got caught in the act [farmer should of shot dogs], ranger was called dogs seized .

    the dogs spent 2 1/2 month in pound awaiting court case, my brother took the rap pleaded guilty he got in total $4500 in fines & costs the next day after court he rang the ranger to find out about getting the dogs back to be told they were declared dangerous and would have to comply with the dangerous dog regulations ok accept decision . spent $2500 approx. on cage,5 signs & 2 collars to keep dogs.

    A ranger came to inspect every thing and told us to go to the council office and sign paperwork. we then looked into the domestic animal act to find under s.36[1],36[2a],[2b] they did not follow correct procedure ,upon getting to shire office we were greeted by the head ranger who had two declarations to say that we are declaring our own dogs dangerous, we refused to sign only to be told by her boss that if we did not sign our dogs would be put down we asked for a internal review and told there is no review then told fine don't sign the papers I will put the dogs down ,we made a mistake by signing the declaration.

    we have since paid $250 dangerous dog registration to have my brothers dog returned my dog [snow] is still in the pound waiting for her to be desexed and another $250 rego . snow should be home Friday. sorry for not explaining myself earlier name of shire withheld till dogs are safe.

    PS I love my dog
    Last edited by Hyacinth; 03-03-2014 at 09:59 PM. Reason: to explain better, H put some spaces in for readability

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    I would think it would depend on why your dog has been declared dangerous. I would imagine that you would need to prove to professionals that the dog has no longer the potential to be dangerous. Surely your council can tell you what you need to do? If not you may need legal advice. Perhaps there is some clarification in the dog act although sometimes councils have local ammendments.

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    I'm not sure with council policies - which council is it anyway?
    Also have they done temperment test? If not ill question that
    If they only base it on physical looks then ask for the checklist
    Or the standard chart they follow. Again, ask if the person is
    Qualified.
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    What restrictions apply because your dog is dangerous?

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    Shane what state are you in - private message if you prefer. Do you mean Dangerous as in behavior or Restricted Breed
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    How do you expect us to answer with such little information?

    Breed or cross breed
    Where do you live..you could be in India for all we know
    Circumstances why they told you to do this etc etc
    Last edited by Di_dee1; 03-03-2014 at 05:12 PM.

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    I think Shane'o is in Melbourne region.

    I'm wondering if the dog got declared because it did something bad or just looks bad (a vic thing).

    I know in NSW the decisions can be reversed with a re-assessment but not sure about Victoria - their laws are just stupid stupid stupid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I think Shane'o is in Melbourne region.

    I'm wondering if the dog got declared because it did something bad or just looks bad (a vic thing).

    I know in NSW the decisions can be reversed with a re-assessment but not sure about Victoria - their laws are just stupid stupid stupid.
    That's right - in nsw there's assessments to follow before they can declare a dog dangerous
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    please read edited post

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    You can appeal to something called the VCAT.

    I'm not sure how it would go in this case - since your dogs got off lightly.

    Keeping them in a dog run and muzzled when out could save their lives if they get out accidentally again. You might also consider investing in some training so that they ignore livestock in the future and ideally - don't go wandering off. But that's not something I'd want to give them an opportunity to repeat.

    Yes, the farmer could have shot the dogs. My first family dog was shot dead for being near some sheep. I don't think it was even on the farmer's property and it wasn't chasing the sheep.

    There's a facebook page "Dogs on Trial Victoria"
    https://www.facebook.com/DogsOnTrialDOTVictoria

    And while your dog isn't on death row any more - maybe they could provide some advice.

    The only advice I can think of that would work reliably is move to NSW, ACT or NT.

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