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.

Coronavirus and animal attack investigations

In response to the ongoing coronavirus situation the Australian and Queensland Governments have implemented public health control measures requiring social distancing

The personal safety of Brisbane residents, visitors, and contractors is our top priority. As such, Council has reviewed its ability to safely undertake complaint investigations where officers are required to enter residential premises and changes have been made to the way Council handles urgent complaints such as domestic animal attacks. 

The following changes have been made to the process Council undertakes in handling animal attack complaints:

  • Officers will not be entering residential premises to take evidence of animal attacks.
  • Photos of the victim, person or animal will need to be submitted to the assessing Council officer via text message or email.
  • Existing open complaints will be reviewed and customers contacted to notify them of the changes to this process.
  • Customers who have questions or concerns relating to this process can call the Brisbane City Council contact centre on 07 3403 8888 and ask to speak to an Animal Management Officer.
  • In the future, once social distancing rules are relaxed, Brisbane City Council will review this process again and alert customers with current complaints at that time of any future changes.

We are monitoring all developments on the virus and its potential impact on our city’s services, facilities and events. As updates are available, they will be included on Council’s website. For more information, call Council on 07 3403 8888.

We are working closely with Queensland Health and the Australian Government and will continue to be guided by these agencies on all matters of public health. As the state’s lead agency on coronavirus, Queensland Health is providing the necessary advice to all Queenslanders including current travel bans, self-quarantine and information on how to best protect yourself and others. For health advice, visit the Queensland Health website.

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 conditions imposed under the Animals Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 and Regulation 2009.

Coronavirus and fence/keeping inspections

In response to the ongoing coronavirus situation the Australian and Queensland Governments have implemented public health control measures requiring social distancing.

The personal safety of Brisbane residents, visitors, and contractors is our top priority. As such, there are necessary changes to the way Council carries out proactive regulatory fencing and keeping inspections for regulated animals. 

For all proactive inspections, Council officers will contact the regulated animal owners by telephone prior to attending. 

Prior to officer attendance, owners are required to:

  • make arrangements to secure their animal indoors
  • remain inside their premises whilst the officer carries out the inspection. 

For information, when carrying out the inspection, officers have been instructed to wear protective gloves.

If communication with the attending officer is necessary during the inspection, contact is to occur via mobile telephone.

We are monitoring all developments on the virus and its potential impact on our city’s services, facilities and events. As updates are available, they will be included on Council’s website. For more information,  call Council on 07 3403 8888.

We are working closely with Queensland Health and the Australian Government and will continue to be guided by these agencies on all matters of public health. As the state’s lead agency on coronavirus, Queensland Health is providing the necessary advice to all Queenslanders including current travel bans, self-quarantine and information on how to best protect yourself and others. For health advice, visit the Queensland Health website.

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:22 July 2020
Topics: dog