Pitbull lovers slam new hard line laws, vow to ignore rules

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A pitbull advocacy group is advising members to register their dogs as other breeds - or not at all - after the Government announced new hard line rules for high-risk dogs.

Pitbull group advising members to register dogs as other breeds to avoid new hardline rules
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Owners will be required to neuter high-risk dogs, put collars on and display warning signs on properties.
Owners will be required to neuter high-risk dogs, put collars on and display warning signs on properties.
Source: ONE News

Five breeds have been deemed dangerous and are being targeted, as are dogs that have attacked a human or other canine or if the council has received a complaint about an animal.

Associate Minister for Local Government Louise Upston says there's been a 58 per cent increase in hospitalisations due to dog attacks in the past decade.

The new rules will require owners to neuter high-risk dogs, put collars on them identifying them as dangerous, and display warning signs on properties.

Shelters will also be banned from adopting out high-risk dogs.

Owners of affected breeds say they are being unfairly targeted, with some telling ONE News they won't follow the rules.

"Who in their right mind is going to say 'I'm going to go put my little sign out and hold my hand up and say I think I have a dangerous dog come and deal to me'," said Karen Batchelor of the American PitBull Terrier Association.

"I mean, please."

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