Category: Dangerous Dog Cases

“The Mother of All Backflips”: Baird Back Tracks on Greyhounds


The NSW Special Commission of Inquiry into the Greyhound Racing Industry found that greyhounds bred for racing suffer terrible cruelty in this state. The report of the investigation – which was carried out by Justice Michael McHugh – was delivered to the government on June 16 this year. Cruelty in the greyhound industry The report’s ...

Dog Attacks: The Liability of Owners


An eight-year-old girl has lost her hand after being bitten by a dog on the weekend. According to news reports, the girl was playing with other children at around 3pm on Saturday afternoon under the supervision of an adult, when she stuck her hand through a gap in a fence to pat the dog. The ...

High Court Spares Izzy’s Life


In February, we wrote a blog about the intriguing story of Izzy, the Staffordshire terrier on death row in Victoria whose case went all the way to the High Court, making legal history. Background After escaping from her home in 2012, Izzy and another dog attacked a woman, lacerating her finger. The local council sought ...

Save Izzy! A Family’s Quest to Save Their Dog’s Life


Legal history has been made in Victoria after a family was given permission to appeal their pet pet dog’s death sentence to the High Court of Australia. The Staffordshire terrier, named Izzy, escaped from the family home and bit a woman on the finger in 2012. The incident led to charges being laid against Izzy’s ...

What are the penalties for a dog attack?


Recent changes in the Companion Animals Act 1998 have increased the penalties for dog attacks in NSW. The penalties since 19th November 2013 are as follows: Section 16 Companion Animals Act: Dog Attacks 16(1) Dog attacks generally There is a maximum penalty of $11,000 for owner’s of dogs that rush at, attack, bite, harass or ...

NSW Councils given broad power to declare dogs ‘menacing’


The Companion Animals Amendment Act 2013 which came into effect on 19th November 2013 introduces several new provisions to regulate dogs that are considered to be aggressive. ‘Menacing Dogs’ The most significant change is the introduction of a new category called ‘menacing dogs’. The new section 33A of the Companion Animals Act 1998 defines a ...

Can I Fight A Dog Destruction Order?


Under the Companion Animals Act 1998 there are a number of rules and regulations that dog owners must comply with. If your dog behaves in a certain manner or is considered dangerous, you will have further restrictions to comply with. In extreme cases, or if your dog has been involved in an incident where a ...

What does the Companion Animals Act say about Dogs in Public Places?


As a dog owner, you have certain responsibilities when your animal is in public. If your dog is classified as a dangerous dog these responsibilities increase, but even owners of non-dangerous dogs have a number of different rules they need to abide by if they want to avoid a fine or criminal proceedings. The law ...

Our Recent NSW Criminal Court Results – Section 10s


A criminal conviction can have a serious impact on your future, but with the right legal help it can be possible to avoid a conviction, even for relatively serious cases. A Section 10 order is a finding of guilt without a criminal conviction, and judges or magistrates award Section 10s at their discretion. If you ...

Can I Carry Dog Mace in Australia?


Dog spray, sometimes known as dog mace, is sold as a deterrent against dog attacks. The spray is contained in canisters, and when released acts as an irritant to dogs. Dog mace works in the event of a dog attack in much in the same way that pepper spray works on humans. Although it may ...