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    COMPANION ANIMALS ACT 1998 - SECT 16 Offences where dog attacks person or animal

    This one...
    dogs must not harass etc...

    (2) It is not an offence under this section if the incident occurred:
    (a) as a result of the dog being teased, mistreated, attacked or otherwise provoked, or
    (b) as a result of the person or animal trespassing on the property on which the dog was being kept, or
    (c) as a result of the dog acting in reasonable defence of a person or property, or
    (d) in the course of lawful hunting, or
    (e) in the course of the working of stock by the dog or the training of the dog in the working of stock.
    In this particular case, the dog had no way of knowing the people provoking it were not trespassing and defended itself. It does get a bit blurry when the dog attacks someone who is invited onto the property or lives there. Ie the owner should take steps to prevent dog from having any misunderstanding about an invited person's intentions.

    It also gets a bit blurry about what is reasonable. A warning growl - is reasonable. Mauling someone and not stopping when told probably isn't. I might be a bit late telling my hound to stop mauling a home invader, but I can't imagine she'd do anything either. I could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog_Lover View Post
    Please do not patronise me Fedra .. And NO they dont have the right!!! Not in my house!!
    I am not trying to patronize you. And YES dogs DO have rights to act in defense, be fearful or anxious in your house or wherever. If you can't see it or approve it - that's sad. And no, I don't think it's OK for a dog to bite or to kill someone. But behind every behavior there is a reason for it and it's up to US sto prevent it. But as far as I am concerned, dogs DO have rights.
    Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.

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    Thanks Hya. I just learnt something new. I never knew that this is what the act states even though I am very familiar with it!
    A pessimist sees the glass as half empty;
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    A realist just finishes the damn thing and refills it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fedra View Post
    I am not trying to patronize you. And YES dogs DO have rights to act in defense, be fearful or anxious in your house or wherever. If you can't see it or approve it - that's sad. And no, I don't think it's OK for a dog to bite or to kill someone. But behind every behavior there is a reason for it and it's up to US sto prevent it. But as far as I am concerned, dogs DO have rights.
    Do you have children? Or Friends?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog_Lover View Post
    Do you have children? Or Friends?
    No I live a lonely life somewhere in the bush with no people around.

    Yes I do have friends and people frequently come to our home. I don't have children but do have nieces that are often here. And what does it have to do with dog being or not being allowed to express its emotions? I am very aware that one of my dogs doesn't like unfamiliar people and I act accordingly and warn people BEFORE they enter my house and instruct them how to behave (just don't touch the dog, that's it). Or remove the dog temporarily where he doesn't feel intimidated. Is that so hard? No need to punish the dog for not being comfortable around strangers.
    Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fedra View Post
    No I live a lonely life somewhere in the bush with no people around.

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    Not surprised..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bulldog_Lover View Post
    Not surprised..
    You're so dumb that you can't see the rest of the text are you? Or you just like being a smarta*se.
    Respect and you shall be respected. Animal is always right.

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    Nasty BD lover, very nasty.

    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 that's a very very childish way to behave BD.... I think you owe Fedra a huge apology too.

    And I agree Di, VERY Nasty....

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    I thought BD was actually trying to lighten the mood, hence the winking smily.......

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