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Restrict 'dangerously out of control' dog offence to cases of serious injury

Submitted by Kirsten Carney on Friday 4th November 2022

Published on Wednesday 9th November 2022

Current status: Open

Open until: Tuesday 9th May 2023

Current Signatures: 62
(count is updated approximately hourly)

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Crime ~ Danger ~ Dogging ~ Failed ~ Injuries ~ Reasonable ~ Responsible

Petition Action

Restrict 'dangerously out of control' dog offence to cases of serious injury

Petition Details

Currently a dog is regarded as dangerously out of control if there is "reasonable apprehension that it will injure any person or assistance dog, whether or not it actually does so". We want this to be amended so that a dog is only regarded as dangerously out of control if serious injury occurs.

Additional Information

Under the current legislation, a person may be convicted of failing to keep a dog under control, and the dog be destroyed, even if the dog doesn't do anything dangerous.

Someone being apprehensive of a dog is not a justifiable reason for a dog to be destroyed or the owner/person responsible to be convicted of a crime. This offence should only apply if a serious injury occurs.


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