Moreton Bay Council's Systematic Inspection Program will conduct inspections between 1 March and 30 June 2023.
Moreton Bay Council will continue its annual Systematic Inspection Program for a fourth year to ensure that owners of declared dangerous and menacing dogs comply with state government regulations.
“Dogs can be great companions, but not at the expense of people's safety.”
The program rolled out in 2020 in response to the unacceptable number of serious dog attacks in the area in previous years. It has been an enormous success, with non-compliance rates dropping from 31% to just 2.5%.
Acting Mayor Jodie Shipway stated that the program was part of the council's zero-tolerance approach to serious dog attacks in the region. "Dogs can be great companions, but not at the expense of people's safety," she said.
According to Shipway, the proactive monitoring of declared dangerous and menacing dogs helps to prevent further attacks by ensuring that owners adhere to the strict conditions imposed by the State Government. The program has reduced serious dog attacks in the region from 765 in 2019 to 722 in 2022.
"While I'd like that amount to be zero, the reduction in attacks is a positive step forward," said Shipway.
The council declares dangerous and menacing dogs after they have been involved in an attack on a person or animal. The owners of these regulated dogs have different requirements to comply with and are responsible for consistently adhering to these conditions.
For more information, residents are encouraged to visit the council's website moretonbay.qld.gov.au/Services/Animals/Regulated-Dogs.