By Renee Bogatko, Image Credit – Janis Smits/123rf.com
The RSPCA ACT has warned against banning particular breeds of dogs, in the wake of last week’s fatal attack.
A woman was mauled to death by her pit bull-type dog in Watson, prompting fresh calls for tougher laws in the capital.
Most states in Australia ban specific dog breeds like pit bulls, but the CEO of RSPCA ACT reckons that’s not the way to go.
“There’s studies throughout the world that have proven breed specific legislation does not work. It does not reduce the number of dog attacks on humans or animals,” Tammy Ven Dange said.
“We find it really appalling to find animals are put down based on their looks and not based on what they do.”
Tammy said the way owners treat their dogs has a lot to do with how they behave.
“If it’s taught to be around various sounds, people and environments, then whatever dog it may be, it tends to be a well socialised animal,” she said.
“For those that haven’t, they can be aggressive or completely shut down.”
It’s as the Canberra Liberals prepare to introduce new animal ownership legislation this week.
“I do expect to see some higher penalties and higher requirements for people if they do keep a dangerous dog,” Tammy said.
“We’d be against anything that introduces breed specific legislation, because it has not worked, and it’d be completely worthless.”
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