The bolded bits confirm what I was just saying.http://www.heraldsun...2-1226126128704
Councils call for more officers to hunt dangerous pit bulls
COUNCILS want the State Government to give them enough officers to comb the suburbs looking for pit bulls and other dangerous dogs.
The Municipal Association of Victoria has asked the Coalition for resources to respond to a wave of calls to the dangerous dog hotline as well as teams of officers to make street by street searches in the suburbs most likely to have unregistered pit bulls.
The Dob in a Dangerous Dog hotline received 122 calls yesterday, with 37 reports of suspect dogs passed to councils for follow-up action.
Two weeks after the horrifying death of Ayen Chol, four, in St Albans, Parliament yesterday began introducing guidelines to officially label pit bulls and end an amnesty on September 30 so any unregistered restricted-breed dogs can be destroyed.
The Government also said it would pass legislation in a fortnight to introduce a new crime to jail the owners of dogs who attack people similar to culpable driving, which carries a sentence up to 20 years.
The Government and MAV will monitor calls to the dangerous dog hotline before deciding how many staff it will promise councils.
MAV chief executive Rob Spence also called for a team of dedicated officers to patrol areas such as Brimbank, Dandenong, and suburbs in outer Melbourne where there are high concentrations of restricted breed dogs.
"The councils are concerned about the workload but understand that we have to do it and are really distraught about what happened to that child," he said.
The RSPCA reported it had been contacted by dozens of frightened pet owners fearing their dogs will be mistakenly killed.
"People are frightened that their dogs will be mistaken for a pit bull or for a dangerous breed when in fact they're not," RSPCA Victoria chief executive Maria Mercurio said.
"It's a very dangerous way to be going about this. Even so-called experts have difficulty determining exact breeds, particularly with cross breeds."
Lort Smith Animal Hospital shelter manager Liz Walker congratulated the government for its "gloves off" approach in dealing with the dangerous dog situation, but said it needed to expand the measures to combat all dangerous dogs and not just those of particular breeds.
"Beefing up the legislation and forcing people to be more responsible is essential," she said.
"They need to broaden it, make sure there's very clear perameters and process for determining if its a pitbull or a cross breed."
Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh said pit bull and pit bull cross owners would not be given a second chance after September 30 to register their dogs. They could notify authorities now or risk having them destroyed.
"After September 30, when the amnesty finishes, if they have a pit bull type dog that fits the description ... councils will seize that dog and destroy it," he warned.
"It is not an issue of fining them if they have an illegal restricted breed type dog _ it is a matter that councils will have the power to seize it and destroy it."
ANYONE wanting to identify a pit bull or other dangerous dog living in their neighbourhood can call 1300 101 080 from 8am to 6pm, seven days a week.
122 calls in one day that is horrifying. People are disgusting.