VETS should be required to report any dogs suspected of being a restricted breed, according to a coroner's finding into the death of four-year-old Ayen Chol.
Ayen Chol was killed when a pit bull cross, owned by St Albans men Lazor Josevski and Nick Josevski, charged into her home and mauled her as she clung to her mother's leg in August last year.
Coroner Kim Parkinson recommended in her finding, released today, that the Domestic Animals Act 1994 be amended to require veterinary surgeons to mandatorily report any dog that is or may be a restricted breed that is not registered, neutered and microchipped.
She also recommended Victorian Parliament legislate expressly to prohibit the breeding of restricted breed dogs and said criminal charges should apply to any breeding activity.
Ms Parkinson's ruling found Lazor and Nick Josevski, who owned the American pit bull terrier that mauled Ayen Chol, contributed to her death by failing to secure the dog and prevent its escape from their property as required under restricted breed dog laws.
Parents Mawien Chol Marjong and Jackline Anchito holding a photo of Ayen Chol.
Ms Parkinson also said the animal's owners contributed to the death by trying to hide a restricted breed dog from authorities.
Strict new dangerous dog laws were introduced after the death of Ayen Chol, allowing councils to destroy any breed on the restricted dog register that was not registered with the council.
However, proving that an animal is in fact a restricted breed has made enforcing the new rules difficult for local councils.
In her ruling, Ms Parkinson said the onus of establishing that a dog is a restricted breed should lie with its owners and not authorities.
Lazor Josevski, 58, pleaded guilty earlier this year to four charges over the fatal attack and was fined $11,000. The dog has been destroyed.
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