- restricted breed as recognised under the Act;
- declared by the Local Government; and
- commercial security dog.
The following breeds of dogs have been identified by the Commonwealth Government as being particularly aggressive. They have been banned from import into Australia and each State and territory has introduced legislation to protect the community from these breeds.
- Dogo Argentino;
- Fila Brasileiro;
- Japanese tosa;
- American pit bull terrier;
- Pit bull terrier;
- Perro de presa Canario or Presa Canario; and
- A mix of two or more breeds, one being a restricted breed.
For more information, particularly on the responsibilities of the owner of a restricted breed dog, refer to the fact sheet Dangerous Dogs - Restricted.
Local governments are able to declare a dog dangerous based on its behaviour. Reasons that a dog may be declared dangerous include the dog:
- causing injury or damage by an attack, or chasing, a person or animal;
- repeatedly showing a tendency to attack or chase, a person, animal or vehicle; or
- threatening to attack.
A local government must give written notice to the owner declaring the dog to be dangerous. Seven days after the notice is given, the declaration takes effect. The owner must comply with the Act to identify their dog as a declared dog and put in place the protection measures within the seven days. More information can be found in the fact sheet Dangerous Dogs - Declared.
Dog exercise areas
The Shire of Manjimup has specific dog exercise areas where dog owners can have their dog/s off the lead. Download the information to find out where and how you can use these areas.
As a dog owner you MUST make sure that your dog is not able to wander off your property. A condition of registration is that all dogs be wholly confined within their premises. Wandering dogs may be impounded and the owner fined. Penalty may be incurred. If your dog causes damage, or injuries to a person or another animal while it is wandering, you may be liable for the damage.
If you find a wandering dog, contact us as soon as possible. If you keep the dog without reporting it to Ranger Services, the dog's owner may not be able to find it.
If your dog is missing, contact us as soon as possible. The dog may have already been impounded or reported as being picked up by someone else, in which case the Shire can advise you of the dog's whereabouts.