Dangerous and Menacing Dogs

Council may declare your dog ‘dangerous’ or ‘menacing’ if it has attacked a person or animal, or threatened to attack and caused fear. The Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 provides Council with the ability to categorise dogs based on the severity of an attack. 
A serious attack, causing bodily harm or fear allows the dog to be declared dangerous.  A dog can be declared menacing if the attack or fear is not considered serious.  If a Council Officer is of the opinion that the dog due to previous behaviour is likely to attack or cause fear then the dog can also be declared.

Process for Declaring a Dog Dangerous or Menacing

Council undertakes an investigation following the receival of a complaint of an incident or attack.  The owner of the dog allegedly involved in the incident is asked to provide a statement as are any witnesses and the complainant.  Once the investigation is complete a decision is made whether to declare the dog dangerous, menacing or not to declare the dog at all.

If Council proposes to declare the dog the owner then receives a notice advising of the proposal and offering them an opportuinty to respond in writing. 

If Council continues with the declaration an Information Notice is issued and the owner will have 21 days to comply with all of the conditions, including paying a higher registration fee for each declared dog.

During this time the owner of the dog may apply for an Internal Review of the decision to declare the dog.  The application form is provided with the Information Notice and the owner has 14 days to lodge the review.  It is important to note that lodging the review does not stop the requirement to comply with the conditions.

When a decision is made on the Internal Review applciation a Review Notice is issued to the owner advising of the outcome.  If the owner is not happy with the outcome they can lodge an External Review through Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

Conditions for Keepng Dangerous or Menacing Dogs

Once your dog is declared either dangerous or menacing strict conditions are imposed.  A number of conditions are imposed including:

  • The dog must be kept witihn an enclosure that meets strict requriements including construction materials, height requriements based on weight of the dog, self closing and self latching gates and secure access to the front door for any visitor.  
  • Erect signs on your property, which say ‘Declared Dangerous Dog’ or ‘Declared menacing Dog';
  • Leash your dog at all times when outside your property (there are no exceptions) and if the dog ahs been declared dangerous it is also to be muzzled to prevent biting;
  • Ensure your dog is securely held by means of a collar and leash by a person over 16 years of age (only one dog to be held by this person at one time);
  • A dangerous dog can also not be allowed to breed and must be desexed;
  • The dog is not to be relocated or given away without notifying Council.

These are just some of the conditions, a full list is available from the Additional Information section on this page. 

If the owner of a declared dangerous dog or declared menacing dog does not comply with the conditions Council may either:

  • Issue fines for $770
  • Seize the dog; or
  • Commence legal action (maximum penalty $8250) 

Registration Fees

The registration fees for declared dogs are significantly higher than for general registration.  The fees in 2012-2013 are:
Dangerous Dog:  $310
Entire Menacing Dog:  $300
Desexed Menacing Dog: $210

For further information:

Please contact the Customer Service Centre using the Online Contact Form.

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Ayr QLD 4807
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