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There are strict laws in Victoria for menacing, dangerous or restricted breed dogs for public safety reasons. If you are a dog owner you need to be aware of these laws, as they give Council powers to impound or even destroy your dog in certain circumstances.
Council keeps a record of dogs that are declared dangerous, menacing or restricted breed in the shire. These types of dogs are treated differently under Victorian law:
Because of the risks to public safety there are severe penalties for dogs involved in attacks, dogs found wandering at large and unregistered dogs.
The following are restricted breed dogs:
Dog attacks are serious, and children can often be the victims. Any breed or size of dog can become aggressive when provoked or defending its territory. Most dog attacks happen in public places, on the footpath or road. For this reason it is important to ensure your dog is always securely confined and not left unattended in a public place. Please teach your children how to behave around dogs.
If you are attacked or rushed at by a dog in the Macedon Ranges, report the incident to us immediately on (03) 5422 0333. Please provide as much information as possible, including: