If you own a declared Dangerous Dog, it is now even more important to keep your dog securely confined to your property. Under new laws, if a dog that has previously been declared as a Dangerous Dog (due to attack) is found wandering at large, it can be seized and impounded, and euthanased after 24 hours. Owners must contact the council within 24 hours of impoundment if they wish to prove there were mitigating circumstances for the dog being at large (if this can be proven, the owner may be able to reclaim the dog).
Victoria has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. Owning pets can be a lot of fun, and pets can provide us with company, stress relief and unconditional love. Pet ownership also teaches children responsibility, and helps them develop their social and nurturing skills. Being a responsible owner ensures you and your pet can enjoy a long and happy relationship.