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Dangerous, menacing, restricted, nuisance dogs

Dangerous Dogs

A dog is "dangerous" if it has, 

  • without provocation attacked or killed a person or animal 
  • repeatedly threatened to attack a person or animal
  • repeatedly chased a person or animal.
  • was declared dangerous by another local government

A dog may also be declared "dangerous" if it has displayed unreasonable aggression towards a person or animal. i.e. growling, chasing, rushing 

"Dangerous Dogs" in NSW are dogs that are the subject of a declaration made by a council or a court under the Act.

Council must have given notice to the owner of a dog of the council's intention to declare the dog to be dangerous.

Menacing Dogs

Your dog may be declared menacing if it:

  • without provocation has bitten or attacked a person or animal
  • was trained or kept as a guard dog 
Restricted dogs

In NSW, a restricted dog is one of the following:

  • American Pitbull terrier or Pitbull terrier
  • Japanese tosa
  • dogo Argentino (Argentinean fighting dog)
  • fila Brasiliero (Brazilian fighting dog)
  • Any other dog of a breed, kind or description, whose importation into Australia is prohibited by, or under, the Customs Act 1901 of the Commonwealth (Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario)
  • Any dog declared by an authorised officer of a council, under division 6 of the Companion Animals Act 1998, to be a restricted dog. 

Nuisance Dogs

Under the Companion Animals Act 1998 a dog is a nuisance dog if it:

  • consistently roams; or
  • makes persistent, excessive noise; or
  • repeatedly defecates on private property other than the property on which it is ordinarily kept; or
  • runs at or chases a person, animal (other than vermin or in the course of droving, tending, working or protecting livestock) or vehicle; or
  • endangers the health of a person or animal (other than vermin or in the course of droving, tending, working or protecting livestock); or
  • repeatedly causes substantial damage to anything outside the property on which it is ordinarily kept

More information

For more information or to report an incident or dagnerous menacing/nuisance dog, phone Council on 02 6368 2104 or write into Council via email - council@blayney.nsw.gov.au or in writing to PO Box 62 Blayney NSW 2799

For enclosure requirements and guidelines for keeping  a dangerous, menacing or restricted dog you can visit www.legislation.nsw.gov.au



Last modified: 20 Aug 2021