Sunday, 25 October 2009

Dangeous Dogs and children


If you are an owner of a dog that belongs to a 'dangerous breed' category and you also have a child or a visiting small child please take this as a warning.

Don't leave your dog with a small child unattended under any circumstances!

Only one little moment was enough for this to happen.

Remember - maltese terriers and labrador retrievers have joined the list of dangerous dogs in NSW.

'Every dog has the potential to attack' or should we say every animal? Because the risk of harm to humans from humans FAR exceeds both the risk and real injuries caused by an interaction with a dog.


Mike said...

The SMH was very busy with reporting dog news yesterday! There was also news about being fined for having unrestrained animals in your vehicle. In 2008 the driving regulations stated that you can't drive with an animal in your lap (I quite agree!), but the RTA has not updated its driver manual or website regulations with any mention of unrestrained animals this year. If the laws did change in July this year, does the RTA have responsibility for publishing this information to drivers? I wrote to the author of the SMH article to see if she could clarify. No response as yet.

Last night I was looking at the NSW DLG web page for dog attacks. I note that because they still include "rushing at a human or animal" as an attack, it's very hard to get a good handle on the statistics. The department's "annual" breakdown of reported attacks has not been released since 2005.

I don't believe dogs should be taken into children's public playgrounds. Two reasons being: 1) parents are usually not paying attention to kid(s) and dog(s) at same time; 2) some dogs get very protective of the family children.

Finally, the DLG puts the onus on creating good dog-owning citizenry firmly in the hands of individual local governments. For the most part local governments do nothing that isn't formally underlined by law. The NSW Minister for LG takes pride on being hardline on everything to do with animals except it seems, preventing them from being sold over the counter in pet stores.

Teal'c said...

Hiya! I'm Teal'c from Sydney and I just found your blog. My human says thanks for all the information you share! Especially the post about finding a place to live as we have to move in the next few weeks and haven't found anything yet :(
Well - and we agree with Mike - dogs shouldn't be allowed in kids playgrounds for exactly those reasons but there should me more expectance and respect from both - people with dogs and people with kids....
Cheers Teal'c and his human :)

Teal'c said...

Well and I mean "acceptance" and not " expectance" of course.... Sorry - my humans first language isn't English! ;)

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