Dog attacks, dangerous, menacing and restricted dogs

Dog attacks can occur between other dogs, animals and humans. When an attack occurs on humans, it can have significant public health implication resulting in physical or psychological damage. Council responds to reports of dog attacks and aggressive dogs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be reported by calling Council on 07 3403 8888.

If an attack is in progress and is urgent or life-threatening, contact Queensland Police Service immediately on 000.

Aggression is a normal instinctual behaviour in all dogs and can be shown at any time for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, aggression can sometimes turn into an attack if not managed appropriately. If your dog shows signs of aggressive behaviour, Council suggests you consult with your veterinarian to explore appropriate solutions before aggression results in an attack. For more information on aggression, please visit the RSPCA.

If your dog attacks or you are a victim of an attack, these are serious incidents. Council will investigate the nature of the attack and take appropriate action under the Animals Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008. This action is not limited to regulating a dog as either dangerous or menacing and issue fines, seizing the dog or making an application to have the dog destroyed.

Dangerous dog declaration

Council may declare your dog dangerous if: 

  • it has seriously attacked a person or another animal
  • it has acted in a way that caused fear to a person or another animal
  • based on the behaviour of a dog towards a person or another animal, an authorised person forms an opinion that the dog may seriously attack a person or another animal
  • another local government has declared the dog dangerous.

Menacing dogs

Council may declare your dog menacing if: 

  • it has attacked a person or another animal in way not considered a serious attack
  • based on the behaviour of a dog towards a person or another animal, an authorised person forms an opinion that the dog may attack a person or another animal
  • it has acted in a way that caused fear to a person or another animal.

Requirements for keeping regulated (dangerous/menacing) dogs

There are different requirements for a keeping regulated dog and or when a dog is proposed to be regulated. The owner of the dog must comply with the immediately comply with the conditions imposed under the Animals Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 and Regulation 2009.

Fees

Declared and regulated dog fees:

Registration type Full fee Reduced fee*
Dangerous dog $571.25 $189.70
Non-desexed menacing dog $571.25 $189.70
Desexed menacing dog $571.25 $120.25
Declared dangerous or menacing dog replacement sign $16 N/A
Internal review of an original decision of the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 or the Animals Local Law 2017 $299.95 N/A

*Granted in subsequent years upon successful performance review and continuing compliance with the conditions set.

Restricted dogs

Council prohibits the following breeds of dogs in Brisbane:

  • American pit-bull terrier or pit bull terrier
  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • Japanese tosa
  • Perro de Presa Canario or Presa canario.

If Council determines you are in possession of a restricted breed, Council will immediately seize the dog and may make an application for a destruction order in accordance with the Animals Local Law 2017.

Invasive pest animals

Dingoes, dingo hybrids and wild dogs are an invasive biosecurity matter under the provisions of the Biosecurity Act 2014. They pose a serious threat to native wildlife and domestic animals.

A wild dog is any free-ranging dog without an owner, including domestic dogs that have become feral. 

More information

For more information, or to report dog attacks, dangerous, menacing and restricted dogs, phone Council on 07 3403 8888.

Last updated:1 November 2019
Topics: dog