Are you a dog or cat person?

December 1, 2011

The debate over dogs and cats seems never ending. Families could end up in arguments when determining whether a dog or a cat is more suitable as a pet. Most debates over dogs and cats revolve around the issues of  hygiene or training required. Yet most people neglect a most crucial element- Liability.

Warning - beware of dogThe incidents of dog attacks this year led to the Government reforming the law in this area. The Crimes and Domestic Animals Acts Amendment (Offences and Penalties) Act 2011 commenced operation in September of this year. It provides local Councils with the power to seize and destroy a dog that looks like a restricted breed (i.e. American Pit Bull Terrier, Japanese Tosa, Dogo Argentino, Fila Brasileiro and Perrp De Presa Canario).

Moreover, from November 2011, the owner of dangerous dog, menacing dogs and restricted breed dogs could be liable for more serious penalties if their dog kills someone (maximum 10 years imprison) or place another person in danger of death (maximum of 5 years imprisonment). This is a wake up call for those owners who have been ignoring the use of a muzzle and leash when it is required by the law.

As the owner, you are responsible for your domestic animal. Accordingly, we would recommend that all safety issues be taken into account when deciding what domestic animal is perfect for your family and the community.

If you cannot bear the responsibility of registering, microchiping, training or controlling your dogs, guinea pigs might be a better option!

For more information, please visit the website of Department of Primary Industries: http://www.dpi.vic.gov.au

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