The Canberra Liberals will continue to pressure the government to take dangerous dogs off our streets after an ACT Supreme Court Justice questioned why ACT laws permit “residents of Canberra to be put at risk by aggressive dogs owned by others”.
Despite dismissing the case of Canberra man who was savagely attacked by a dog at a public housing complex, Justice David Mossop questioned the government’s dangerous dog laws.
“Neither the difficulties of designing an appropriate legislative scheme, nor the importance of the respect for private property or the autonomy of dog owners, require a legislative regime which permits residents of Canberra to be put at risk by aggressive dogs owned by others,” Justice Mossop said.
Quotes attributable to Shadow Minister for Urban Services Nicole Lawder:
“It is disheartening to read about the run around dog attack victims receive from the government.
“As noted by the judge, the ACT government’s dangerous dog laws put innocent members of the community at risk.
“The Canberra Liberals have repeatedly called on City Services Minister Meegan Fitzharris to take action on dangerous dogs.
“My colleague Alistair Coe introduced strong new laws surrounding dangerous dogs to the Assembly last year. Those tough laws required dogs that caused serious injury or death to be seized during an investigation and destroyed if found to be a threat to the community.
“Unfortunately, Labor and the Greens chose to leave the community vulnerable to vicious dog attacks by watering down the laws introduced by the Opposition.
“The ACT government should take heed of Justice Mossop’s reprimand and introduce stronger laws to help keep the community safe from vicious dogs.
“The Canberra Liberals will continue to pressure the government to finally act on this issue. My door is always open if Minister Fitzharris would like to sit down and discuss how we can pass legislation together to ensure that dangerous dogs are taken off the streets.”