Dangerous and restricted breed dogs

Dangerous dogs

Dogs found wandering the streets can be seized and put in a dog pound if they have previously been declared dangerous (usually due to a past attack on a person or an animal). Dog owners must contact the Council within 24 hours of the dog being impounded if they wish to prove exceptional circumstances. If this can be proved, the owner may be able to reclaim the dog.

A dog that causes a non-serious bite injury can be declared a menacing dog. A dog that has been the subject of a second or subsequent attack, or has chased people or animals, can be declared a dangerous dog and will have to meet certain strict conditions.

The Magistrates' Court can now order an owner guilty of an offence under the Act to attend a responsible dog ownership training course, or for the owner to take their dog to an approved obedience training course.

Restricted breed dogs

Agriculture Victoria defines certain breeds as restricted if they fit the “Approved Standard” for American Pit Bull Terrier (or Pit Bull Terrier), Perro de Presa Canario (or Presa Canario), Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa and Fila Brasileiro.

If you own a restricted breed dog you must ensure your dog is:

  • Desexed
  • Microchipped
  • Housed securely
  • Muzzled and leashed at all times when off your premises
  • Indicated by appropriate signage on your property

Find out more information about Restricted Breed Dogs, registration and ownership requirements at Agriculture Victoria website or calling them on 13 61 86

Report an incident

If you are attacked or rushed at by a dog in the City of Maribyrnong, please report the incident to us immediately.