Raft of stricter dog control measures in proposed new law

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Dogs and their owners are set to be subject to stricter controls.

They will come alongside a new summer programme aimed at reducing the risk of dog attacks.

The amnesty period has ended, and dog officers are being overwhelmed by thousands of illegal animals in the city.

Source: ONE News

Associate Local Government Minister Louise Upston is providing Government funding of $850,000 to subsidise the neutering of high risk dogs.

"Neutering has been proven to reduce aggression in dogs which is important as we move into summer months and the school holidays," Ms Upston says.

She says statistics show dog bites are on the rise and children are over represented as victims of dog attacks.

Proposed law changes to be introduced next year include: Neutering all high-risk dogs; keeping high risk dogs in a fenced area; displaying signs at the front of properties to alert people of high-risk dogs; ensuring dangerous or menacing dogs wear collars identifying them as high-risk.

Animal shelters will also be prevented from adopting out high-risk dogs new owners.

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