Regulated dogs

All dog owners hope their pet won't show aggression towards other animals or people, but it can and does happen for many reasons. 

Report an attack

If you would like to report a dog attack contact council in the first instance to provide as many details as possible, such as:

  • date, time and location of attack
  • description of how the attack occurred
  • description and location of the attacking dog.

Regulated dogs

The term 'regulated dog' is used to refer to:

  • declared dangerous dogs
  • declared menacing dogs
  • restricted dogs - breeds prohibited from importation into Australia under the Customs Act 1901 (Cth).

For fees in relation to regulated animals see fees and charges.

Declared dangerous or menacing dogs

Council may declare a dog to be dangerous or menacing if it:

  • has seriously attacked a person or another animal
  • has acted in a way that causes fear to a person or another animal
  • was declared dangerous or menacing by another local government.

Once your dog has been declared a dangerous or menacing dog, you will have to comply with the special conditions listed in the Legislation.

When a dog is declared dangerous or menacing the owner must:

  • identify the dog by a microchip implant
  • have the dog desexed (only declared dangerous)
  • ensure the dog is always muzzled in a public place (only declared dangerous)
  • if the dog is not at the place it usually kept it must also be under the effective control of an adult by holding it by an appropriate leash
  • display a sign advising of a dangerous or menacing dog on the premises
  • pay a fee to keep the dog
  • maintain the dog’s registration with Council at all times
  • provide and maintain a purpose built enclosure within the existing perimeter fencing to prevent the dog from escaping, allowing a child to climb into it or requiring a member of the public having to walk through the enclosure to access the front door.

Restricted dogs

The following breeds have been declared restricted dogs:

  • Dogo Argentino
  • Fila Brasilerio
  • Japanese Tosa
  • American Pit Bull Terrier / Pit Bull Terrier
  • Presa Canario.

Council's local law prohibits all restricted breeds. Any current permit holders for restricted breed dogs can continue keeping their animal until they move or pass away.

Current permit holders must ensure they comply with the conditions for keeping such a dog as any breaches of those conditions may result in the issuing of fines and the permit being cancelled. 

Restricted breed permits are no longer issued to new dogs due to the prohibition. Such dogs must be removed from the Moreton Bay Regional Council area.