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.
The Parliamentary Inquiry into restricted breed dog legislation was established in 2015. The Economy and Infrastructure Committee undertook a detailed investigation into the management of different breeds of dog, and into dog attacks, their causes and prevention strategies. The Inquiry received 502 written submissions and heard from 16 organisations and individuals at public hearings. The Inquiry's report was published in March 2016 and contained 31 recommendations. The Victorian government response to the Inquiry's report has now been tabled in Parliament. It sets out the measures the government proposes to introduce to support regulatory reform. The government accepts the need to change Victoria's restricted breed dog legislation.