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Dangerous Dogs, Dog Attacks, Dog Bites, Aggression
In Australia over 39% of households share their lives with dogs, (National People & Pets) Sadly, a minority of these dogs, do not live up to their image as mankind's best friend.
While over 81% of dog attacks occur in private homes, it is clear that dangerous dogs in public places pose an unacceptable risk for the community and are a significant issue for regulatory agencies. (Prevention of dog attacks in public places)
However, knee-jerk legislation responses that follow on from public outcries after dog attacks are neither the most productive nor efficient way to address these situations.
The accrued papers have been collected from internationally renowned experts and suggest cost- effective methods that have been determined through rigorous scientific data collection and analysis that will assist in the protection of both dog owners and the public.
A summary of suggested approaches
- Scientific data collection and interpretation to correctly diagnose the correct course of action.
- A nationally uniform approach to create dangerous dog policy and legislation
- A national database that would store all information on dog attacks.
- Regular analysis of incidence reports
- Fine tuning of current legislation and enforcement strategies to ensure effective, efficient methodology.
- Creation of market tested educational campaigns for identified stakeholders
- Ongoing Animal Management Officer training
- To discredit Breed Specific regulations in legislation. While all dog breeds will host individuals that are aggressive to humans, to date there is no evidence that suggests breed alone is a worthy indicator of an animal's aggression levels.
- Post campaign monitoring must be completed to ascertain a dangerous dog campaign's effectiveness
- Research other council initiatives, strategies and examine the latest international literature reviews
- Involve community consultation, committees and experts
The majority of the papers outline the advantages of analysing the parts of dangerous dog legislation to generate a best practice holistic approach, creating long term community benefits.
Legislation should be created with expertise and a thorough understanding of the complex issues and factors surrounding dangerous dogs.
Council's liability for negligence to the public for injury from dog attackOutlines liability of councils for negligence regarding dangerous dogs and what constitutes breach of duty.
Does breed specific legislation reduce dog aggression on humans and other animals?Literature review showed no evidence that restricting dog breeds reduced incidence of dog aggression. Excellent synopsis of legislation and extensive references.
Dog aggression - Management & minimisation - UAM position
Gives UAM position on dog aggression, a template for aggressive incidents and best practice minimisation techniques.
A community approach to dog bite preventionComprehensive review and data on dog bites and good coverage of characteristics of dogs involved in incidents. Extensive references.
Prevention of dog attacks in public placesResults of an 11-council dog attack prevention campaign are presented. 80% of incidents related to inadequate dog confinement.
Report to the NSW Department of Local Government on breed specific legislation isues relating to control of dangerous dogsManagement of the issues associated with dangerous dogs is a significant issue for regulatory agencies worldwide. The NSW Companion Animals Act 1998 is a well thought through and practical legislative approach to the problem
UAM statement on dangerous dogs 2002This statement was developed by attendees at the National Urban Animal Management Conferences in 2000, 2001 and 2002, with the final wording agreed at the 2002 conference.
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Restricted Breed Legislation in Tasmania - July 2007AVA CCAC strongly supports the Tasmanian working group's recommendation NOT to introduce restricted breed legislation (RBL) into Tasmania.