facts about dogs
facts about dogs in public places:
you can be fined for having your dog off the leash in a public place. You can also be fined in an off-leash area if you cannot effectively control your dog and it is disturbing or threatening other people or animals. the City runs free dog obedience courses for residents.
when in public, you are legally required to pick up your dog’s feces and properly dispose of it. this applies in all areas, including off-leash areas. the City of Sydney provides waste collection bags in all our off-leash parks and in other dogs in public places get the facts about dogs are a big part of peoples’ lives and it’s important to remember your responsibilities as a pet owner so everyone can enjoy our parks and open spaces.
popular dog-walking parks; however, dog owners should always be prepared and carry waste collection bags. dogs have prohibited in some public places the Companion animals act 1998 lists areas where dogs are prohibited, and dogs must be kept clear of these places at all times.
Prohibited places include:
• Children’s play areas
• Food preparation areas
• Signposted recreation areas
such as sporting fields
• Childcare centers
You can view the Companion Animals Act 1998
at legislation-nsw the City of Sydney encourages biodiversity and bush regeneration. dog owners must keep their pets away from bush regeneration
and biodiversity areas, such as low bush areas at Prince Alfred Park and along Glebe Foreshore, and Sydney Park wetlands. These areas provide habitat for insects, reptiles, small birds and waterbirds.
dogs in outdoor dining areas dogs are allowed in outdoor dining areas. however, the owner of a café can state dogs are not allowed in the outdoor dining area and this should be respected. dogs must be on a leash unless the outdoor dining area is located in a designated off-leash park, such as the kiosk in Sydney Park.
When you take your dog to an outdoor café, it’s
important to be responsible and respectful of other diners. Your dog should not disturb other diners. you should be able to effectively control your dog and it should not be placed on any chairs or tables or make contact with any utensils used for human food consumption.
1) Never look directly into the eyes of a strange dog. In dog language, this is considered a challenge to fight.
2) A wagging tail in NOT always a sign of friendliness. Often, a nervous, shy dog wags his tail.
3) most dogs are very protective of whatever they consider being their property.be wary of approaching a dog in a car or a dog in someone's yard.
4) the circle around the dog's head is very personal for the dog. do not put your hand up over the head of a dog you do not know you may be asked to bite.
5) Always have a dog sniff you first. give your hand to the dog in a closed fist, at the nose level for the nose. the scent is a dog's way of "reading" about you.
Problems with dogs
A dog owner is defined as:
-The registered owner of the dog;
-The person who is in control of the dog at the time.
- The occupier of premises where the dog lives; or
-The parent or guardian of the dog owner if that person is under 17 years of age.
any person who fits into one of these categories may be prosecuted for an offense, for example, a person who takes a friend’s dog for a walk and it bites someone whilst out with them.
any dog more than three months old must be registered with the council. it is an offense to keep an unregistered dog. a person new to a council area has 1 month to register their dog. a dog may be registered by completing the relevant council forms and paying a fee. all dog registrations must be renewed each year. a dog identification device is issued and it is an offense for the dog not to wear it. Premises, where more than the allowed number of dogs are kept, must also be specially licensed with the council and a fee is payable.
upon registration, the owner must comply with the conditions set by the council and a license must be obtained if you intend to keep more than the number or class of dogs specified by the council.
common dog offenses include:
- having a dog at large and not under effective control;
- having a dog that chases a vehicle;
- having a dog that attacks or menaces a person or animal;
- having a dog that is a nuisance, for example, a dog that barks persistently or defecates repeatedly in a public place; and having a dog that is unregistered.
dog offenses are treated in the same way as parking offenses. the alleged offender is given an infringement notice and given time to pay a penalty. if this is not paid, then the offender must attend court and may be liable (if convicted) for
further penalties. you can contact the council for further information about those penalties.
Other dog offenses that attract penalties are:
- allowing an unmuzzled ferocious dog to be loose;
- Enticing or inducing a dog to attack or menace any person or animal;
- Abandoning a dog (whether or not you are the owner);
- Removing an identification device from a registered dog, and having a female dog on the heat in a public place.
Noisy dogs a person who has problems with continually noisy dogs should first talk to the dog owner. If this is unsuccessful, you can contact the council for assistance or use the community Justice center for help in working it out with the owner. if the noise continues, you can apply to the Local Court for a Noise Abatement Order. A Noise Abatement Order directs the responsible person to either permanently reduce the noise or ensure that it is reduced at certain times of the day.
the Council may issue an infringement notice or take other action if the nuisance barking is not resolved.
injury caused by dogs:
A dog owner is guilty of an offense if their dog attacks or menaces any person or animal, or if the dog owner entices or induces the dog to do so. a dog attack or menace offense carries a maximum penalty of $5,000. a dog owner is liable for loss, damage or injury caused by their dog. a person attacked by a dog may be able to commence
a civil claim against the dog’s owner for compensation for any injuries or loss that they have suffered. dog attacks should be reported to your local Council.
destruction of dogs:
The local council or a magistrate can order any dog in the NT to be destroyed. The order is made against the owner of a dog that is diseased, injured, savage or destructive. a person can also apply to the Local Court to have a dog destroyed
- Can show they have suffered loss, damages or injury from a dog’s actions;
- Live, or have lived, at premises where a dog has persistently caused a nuisance.
a copy of the order should be given to the dog’s owner. if this is not possible (for example, the dog is a stray) the court can still, order the dog to be destroyed.
a dog owner cannot take any action against a person who destroys a dog where:
- The dog is so diseased or injured that destroying it is humane;
- The person destroys the dog in accordance with Northern Territory law;
- The person destroys the dog at the request of someone they reasonably believe to be the dog’s owner.
injuring or Killing Dogs:
a person who injures or kills a dog can be sued for compensation by the dog’s owner. a person who wishes to seek compensation should obtain legal advice. a person who injures or kills a dog has a defense if:
- The dog was attacking them, or someone else, or an animal belonging to them;
- They had reasonable grounds to think the dog was going to attack;
- The attack was unprovoked;
- They were not trespassing.
areas not covered by local government in areas that are not covered by local government bylaws, police can be called in relation to a dog problem. Police can act on complaints in a number of ways. Police can order that the dog owner deals with the dog in relation to noise and order dogs to be destroyed if they are diseased or injured.