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Melissa (name changed) with her Red Nose Pit Bulls Peppa and Storm. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News
Melissa (name changed) with her Red Nose Pit Bulls Peppa and Storm. Photo Vicki Wood / Caboolture News Vicki Wood

A MOVE to ban five dangerous dog breeds in the Moreton Bay Regional Council region has sparked strong debate about the decision.

The ban, which will be introduced in coming weeks, will affect new pit bull terriers and other dog breeds already classified as restricted by the State Government.

Under the amended Animal Management Local Law, the council will no longer accept new registrations for restricted dog breeds.

A Moreton Bay Regional Council spokesperson said the amendments to the region's Animal Management Local Law were the result of a council review and community feedback.

The same review had also removed the requirement for residents living on allotments of 300sqm or less to seek a permit from council to keep a cat or dog.

Restricted dogs already licensed and registered in the region can continue to live out the remainder of their natural lives provided they are housed appropriately by their owners and registration is maintained.

Caboolture resident Brioni McDonald supported the move, despite owning her pit bull cross for almost six years.

"I got Bull through a friend when I turned 18. I didn't know he was a pit bull when I got him as I wasn't educated on the breed.

"I originally got him because he needed a home," she said.

"I was a bit sceptical when I found out what he was, as a lot of people think they are dangerous, but I read up and trained him properly and he has turned out fine. He is a loving dog and very loyal."

Ms McDonald said Bull had even become best friends with the new addition to her family, a chihuahua named Geoff.

Despite Bull's friendly nature, Ms McDonald said she was still wary about what he could be capable of.

"I think the council laws are a good idea and will do a world of good," she said.

"They are born and bred to kill so they do have a nasty streak in them. I think it's instinct. I'd never have him around children. If we take him to the park he is always on a leash.

"If you're walking any dog breed, it's safer to steer clear of other walkers."

Ms McDonald said she felt she had a responsibility as a pit bull owner to keep others safe from harm.

Melissa (not her real name), while living just outside the council region at Kilcoy, disagrees with the decision.

She has had her pit bulls, Peppa and Storm, for a number of years and has never found them to be dangerous.

"I've got a 13-month-old godson who climbs all over them with no problems."

She felt more education needed to be out there about pit bulls.

"A lot of people don't even know what they look like. We are always asked what they are and we encourage people to pat them first before we tell them and they are always surprised by the response."

RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty said the organisation did not support breed-specific legislation , as it was not considered an effective way of preventing or reducing dog attacks. He believed the deed, not the breed, should be considered instead, because every dog had the potential to cause harm.

Further to this, RSPCA Animal Training Centre manager Ros Taber felt we should be selective about the breeds we bring into Australia.

"The breeds listed have been developed specifically for activities that do not make them suitable for pets."

Sandstone Point veterinarian Jackie Perkins said she felt the decision to ban dogs associated with fighting was a prudent one.

"I think it will affect importation more than anything," she said.

"It will stop them from coming here. Some of these breeds from overseas can be quite frightening."

WHICH DOGS ARE AFFECTED

  1. American Pit Bull Terrier/Pit Bull Terrier
  2. Dogo Argentino
  3. Fila Brasileiro
  4. Japanese Tosa
  5. Presa Canario

 

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