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Restricted breed dog laws help prevent physical and emotional injuries as well as death to people and other animals.
The laws help the owners of restricted breed dogs understand how to properly control their dogs and prevent injuries to other people or animals.
Restricted breed dogs are breeds of dogs that are more likely to be aggressive and can cause more serious injuries than non-restricted breed dogs if they attack a person or another animal.
Some breeds are banned from importation into Australia. Of these, only the American pit bull terrier or pit bull terrier are believed to be in Tasmania.
Restricted breeds are
There are guidelines to help council officers identify restricted breed dogs. The approved guidelines are available to view and download.
The following dog breeds are not restricted but can look similar to and be mistaken for restricted breed dogs
You must apply to your council if you want to become the owner of a restricted breed dog.
A restricted breed dog may only be sold or given away after the future owner has been given approval from their council.
Once the council has approved the transfer or sale of the restricted dog, the seller must notify their council within 24 hours of the transfer or sale.
Dogs declared as a restricted breed dog in another state will also be a restricted breed dog in Tasmania.
You must notify the council within 7 days if you bring a restricted breed dog into Tasmania.
If your restricted breed dog goes missing, strays, dies or is lost you must tell the council as soon as possible.
It is against the Animal Welfare Act 1993 to abandon an animal and you can be fined up to $16,300 (correct as at September 2018) and/or imprisoned for up to 12 months.
Pit bull terriers have been banned from importation into Australia for over 15 years but there are some living in Australia from before the ban.
There are also many cross-breed dogs that look similar to pit bull terriers.
Cross-breed dogs are not declared restricted breed dogs in Tasmania.
If your dog has been declared a restricted breed dog, you may appeal against the declaration to the Magistrates Court (Administrative Appeals Division). You will need to prove that your dog is not a restricted breed dog to the court. You have 28 days to appeal the declaration from the date of the notice from the council.
If the court agrees with the council’s declaration that your dog is a restricted breed dog you will have to get the dog de-sexed and microchipped within 7 days of the court order.
Restricted breed dogs are breeds of dogs that are more likely to be aggressive and can cause more serious injuries than non-restricted dogs if they attack a person or another animal.
A dangerous dog is a dog that has actually attacked a person or animal or is likely to cause serious injury to a person or another animal. A dangerous dog can be any breed of dog, because the declaration is based on the dog’s behaviour not its breed.
The council will decide if a dog is a restricted breed dog or a dangerous dog and will let the owner know.
A restricted breed dog can become a dangerous dog if
The owner or person in charge of a dangerous dog will have to follow more rules such as putting up an approved enclosure for the dog to live in.
For further information or queries regarding restricted breed dogs contact your council. Contact details for your council is provided in the Tasmanian council directory.