All my dogs have been registered, and all my current three dogs are registered and micro-chipped. They all wear collars when they are outside my yard with their current registration tags and with dog tags that detail their name, their owners name, their address, and my phone numbers. As other dog owners have stated, I also pick up their dog poo with plastic bags and I don't allow my dogs to be a problem with other dogs, or my neighbours, or any member of the public. Call me lazy if you like, but I just do not want to have to deal with the crap that one gets if one doesn't do what is required of a dog owner here in WA.
I know the WA Dog Act from beginning to end, and the WA Restricted Breed Regulations. If any DogForum member lives in WA and wants to know how to live peacefully in WA in their Dogo Argentino/Pit Bull/Canary Island dog/Fila Brasiliero/Tosa Inu and not be on the receiving end of their local council's ire, just message me and I will be happy to tell you how this can be.
The thing is, one of my three dogs would be identified as a pit bull terrier if I was unfortunate enough to live in nazi Victoria. Sheesh! If I lived in Victoria with a dog that looked like my Hobbes, I'd move to the ACT, the Northern Territory, or WA. My dogs are part of my family and I'd defend them as I would my human children. If one of my dogs was threatened with being killed, I'd move to another state or territory. It is not hard, it just depends on what you are prepared to do to protect your dog. My dogs are faithfull and would defend me to their last breath (OK, maybe that's only true of Hobbes my pit bull LOL; the other two would run away). I am obliged to do the same for Hobbes (and the other two as well).
I am pained to admit it, but I have to agree with some of what Peter70 has said in his recent posts. As a dog owner, it is your responsibility to know and understand your legal responsibilies and to jump through the required legal hoops.
While I have a bucketload of sympathy for the Thurstons and I believe that they have been treated unconscionably, deceptively and with contempt by their council, they should have registered their dog 6 years ago. However, only an absolute scum-bag would say that they and their dog deserve what is being meted out to them after they tried to do the right thing and were tricked and deliberately misled by their council.
Here in WA, you could refer the actions of a council like those that the Thurstons have experienced to the Corruption and Crimes Commission.
It would appear that all Victoria has is the VCAT, and all that VCAT does is put their rubber stamp of approval on anything they are called to adjudicate on.