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Problem Dogs

Dangerous Dogs

Under the Domestic Animals Act 1994 you may be responsible for any damage or injury caused by your dog if it attacks a person or animal. Help prevent dog attacks by always supervising your dog around children or other animals. 

If Council receives a complaint about your dog it may be declared 'dangerous' or ‘menacing’, depending on its behaviour. Council will notify you if this happens and give you an opportunity to comment.


You will have 28 days to appeal to Council against a declaration.


If your dog is declared dangerous or menacing, strict controls apply. You must:

  • Restrain the dog on your own land by keeping it indoors at all times or in an enclosure (specified in the Act).
  • Erect signs on the property saying 'Warning Dangerous Dog' which are clearly visible from outside the property.
  • Leash your dog at all times when outside your property (no exceptions).
  • Follow other requirements relating to temporary care of the dog.
  • Notify Council of certain events.

The leaflet Dangerous Dogs  has more information.


Noisy Dogs

The Domestic Animals Act 1994 defines a nuisance being when a dog creates a noise, by barking or otherwise, which persistently occurs or continues to such a degree or extent that it unreasonably interferes with the peace, comfort or convenience of any person.

Barking dog problems are rarely solved by enforcement action. If you are annoyed by the noise from your neighbour’s dog, try to solve the problem first by talking it over with your neighbours. They may not realise their dog is causing a problem and in many cases they will be happy to do what they can to help. If this fails, you can make a complaint to Council.


Sample Barking Dog Neighbour Advise Letter



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