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Paws & Think

Dogs can be one of your best friends. However sometimes, dogs can be dangerous. Shoalhaven City Council, in partnership with the RSPCA and Animal Welfare League has put together an educational campaign on responsible dog ownership to avoid dog attacks.

The Companion Animal Act states that a Dangerous Dog is a dog that...
  • Has, without provocation, attacked or killed a person or animal (other than vermin), or
  • Has, without provocation, repeatedly threatened to attack or repeatedly chased a person or animal (other than vermin), or
  • Has displayed unreasonable aggression towards a person or animal (other than vermin), or
  • Is kept or used for the purposes of hunting.

The definition of declaration of a dog as being dangerous is based on deed, not breed, as not all members of a dog breed behave in exactly the same way.

Owners of dangerous dogs have a range of obligations they are required to meet in order to ensure that people and other animals are protected.

Dogs can be one of your best friends. However sometimes, dogs can be dangerous. Shoalhaven City Council, in partnership with the RSPCA and Animal Welfare League has put together an educational campaign on responsible dog ownership to avoid dog attacks.

The Companion Animal Act states that a Dangerous Dog is a dog that...
  • Has, without provocation, attacked or killed a person or animal (other than vermin), or
  • Has, without provocation, repeatedly threatened to attack or repeatedly chased a person or animal (other than vermin), or
  • Has displayed unreasonable aggression towards a person or animal (other than vermin), or
  • Is kept or used for the purposes of hunting.

The definition of declaration of a dog as being dangerous is based on deed, not breed, as not all members of a dog breed behave in exactly the same way.

Owners of dangerous dogs have a range of obligations they are required to meet in order to ensure that people and other animals are protected.

  • Next Microchipping Day

    30 days ago
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    The next free microchipping day and discounted desexing day is at East Nowra (location to be advised) at Saturday, 24 February 2017 from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm.

    Free microchipping is provided by the RSPCA Shoalhaven in conjunciton with the Shoalhaven Animal Welfare League NSW.


    The next free microchipping day and discounted desexing day is at East Nowra (location to be advised) at Saturday, 24 February 2017 from 10.30 am to 1.30 pm.

    Free microchipping is provided by the RSPCA Shoalhaven in conjunciton with the Shoalhaven Animal Welfare League NSW.


  • Containing your Dog

    30 days ago
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    Dogs can be amazing escape artists. Fences can be jumped over, squeezed through or dug under.


    Remove items such as furniture and bins that dogs can use to climb over a fence.

    Dogs can be amazing escape artists. Fences can be jumped over, squeezed through or dug under.


    Remove items such as furniture and bins that dogs can use to climb over a fence.

  • Pets in Cars

    30 days ago
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    Please don't leave your furry friend in a car.


    Fact - It takes six minutes for an animal to become fatally ill in a hot car.


    Very little difference is made if the window is left ajar, tinted or the car is parked in the shade.

    Symptoms of heatstroke include panting, restlessness, drooling, vomiting, staggering, weakness, diarrheoa and seizures.

    Please report any distressed animal in a car or truck to the police.

    As the owner of the vehicle, you may be charged as a result of leaving your animal unattended in a car. Penalties for cruelty offences can be expensive.

    Please don't leave your furry friend in a car.


    Fact - It takes six minutes for an animal to become fatally ill in a hot car.


    Very little difference is made if the window is left ajar, tinted or the car is parked in the shade.

    Symptoms of heatstroke include panting, restlessness, drooling, vomiting, staggering, weakness, diarrheoa and seizures.

    Please report any distressed animal in a car or truck to the police.

    As the owner of the vehicle, you may be charged as a result of leaving your animal unattended in a car. Penalties for cruelty offences can be expensive.

  • Dogs and New Year's Eve

    about 1 month ago
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    Pets are scared of loud noises like fireworks, so on New Year's Eve here are some tips to keep our furry and feathered friends safe:

    • Keep your animal in a safe place, perhaps indoors at the 9 am and/or midnight fireworks. Confine pets to a quiet room and play soft music to soothe them.
    • Ensure all your gates are closed and fencing is secure.
    • If you pet goes missing, keep an eye on lost pet sites on Facebook and online.
    • Ensure your pet is micro chipped and is wearing an ID tag.
    • Have current, clear...

    Pets are scared of loud noises like fireworks, so on New Year's Eve here are some tips to keep our furry and feathered friends safe:

    • Keep your animal in a safe place, perhaps indoors at the 9 am and/or midnight fireworks. Confine pets to a quiet room and play soft music to soothe them.
    • Ensure all your gates are closed and fencing is secure.
    • If you pet goes missing, keep an eye on lost pet sites on Facebook and online.
    • Ensure your pet is micro chipped and is wearing an ID tag.
    • Have current, clear photos of your pet on hand just in case.
    • If youare home, try playing games with your pet to distract them.
    • Give your pet a treat so they are busy when the fireworks are expected.
    Remember to keep your dog safe.

  • Cruelty to Animals

    about 1 month ago
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    Some animals may become dangerous as they have not been treated well.

    If you suspect an animal has been harmed or mistreated, report it immediately to the RSPCA or Department of Primary Industry.

    Visit -

    Shoalhaven City Council's Website https://shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/My-Property/Pet-ownership/Complaints-about-animals

    Department of Primary Industry Animal Welfare Page https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/animals-and-livestock/animal-welfare/complaints/cruelty.

    Some animals may become dangerous as they have not been treated well.

    If you suspect an animal has been harmed or mistreated, report it immediately to the RSPCA or Department of Primary Industry.

    Visit -

    Shoalhaven City Council's Website https://shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au/My-Property/Pet-ownership/Complaints-about-animals

    Department of Primary Industry Animal Welfare Page https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/animals-and-livestock/animal-welfare/complaints/cruelty.

  • Dog Attacks

    about 1 month ago
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    Dog attacks

    If you are involved in a dog attack, gain a better understanding of the legislation Companion Animals Act.


    What you need to do:

    Contact Council with details including:

    • Date, time and location of the attack
    • Description of the dog e.g. colour, breed, size
    • Details of the dog's owner, if possible
    • If victims and/or witnesses are prepared to provide sufficient evidence of the incident, can identify the dog or determine where it came from, officer’s may then be able to identify persons in charge of the animal and legal action may be taken. The following attachment will help...

    Dog attacks

    If you are involved in a dog attack, gain a better understanding of the legislation Companion Animals Act.


    What you need to do:

    Contact Council with details including:

    • Date, time and location of the attack
    • Description of the dog e.g. colour, breed, size
    • Details of the dog's owner, if possible
    • If victims and/or witnesses are prepared to provide sufficient evidence of the incident, can identify the dog or determine where it came from, officer’s may then be able to identify persons in charge of the animal and legal action may be taken. The following attachment will help guide you through the information required for further action to proceed. Dog Attack Witness Statement(PDF 330kb).

    Please contact the Police if the attack occurs after hours. Police have the same powers to act under the Companion Animals Act as Council Rangers.


  • Complaints about animals

    about 1 month ago
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    Council works to ensure that people are not affected by noise, odour, vermin or other issues from animals in residential areas. If you have an issue, visit the Shoalhaven City Council website for more information. www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au

    If you are involved in a dog attacks

    The information below is to assist you if you are involved in a dog attack - which includes being aggressed by a dog. To gain a better understanding of the legislation refer to the Companion Animals Act (new window)

    Contact Council with details including:

    • Date, time and location of the attack
    • Description of the dog e.g....

    Council works to ensure that people are not affected by noise, odour, vermin or other issues from animals in residential areas. If you have an issue, visit the Shoalhaven City Council website for more information. www.shoalhaven.nsw.gov.au

    If you are involved in a dog attacks

    The information below is to assist you if you are involved in a dog attack - which includes being aggressed by a dog. To gain a better understanding of the legislation refer to the Companion Animals Act (new window)

    Contact Council with details including:

    • Date, time and location of the attack
    • Description of the dog e.g. colour, breed, size
    • Details of the dog's owner, if possible
    • If victims and/or witnesses are prepared to provide sufficient evidence of the incident, can identify the dog or determine where it came from, officer’s may then be able to identify persons in charge of the animal and legal action may be taken. The following attachment will help guide you through the information required for further action to proceed. Dog Attack Witness Statement(PDF 330kb).

    Please contact the Police if the attack occurs after hours. Police have the same powers to act under the Companion Animals Act as Council Rangers.


  • What do you do when you find a pet

    about 1 month ago
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    If you find a lost pet without a collar and tag, contact Council and an Animal Management Officer will attend and scan the animal.

    Alternatively, you can take it to a vet or the Shoalhaven Animal Shelter (Pound) where it will be scanned for a microchip to get the contact details for the owner.

    Give the pet some water as they may be dehydrated and keep them in a safe enclosure or on a lead.

    If you find a lost pet without a collar and tag, contact Council and an Animal Management Officer will attend and scan the animal.

    Alternatively, you can take it to a vet or the Shoalhaven Animal Shelter (Pound) where it will be scanned for a microchip to get the contact details for the owner.

    Give the pet some water as they may be dehydrated and keep them in a safe enclosure or on a lead.

  • What to do when your pet is lost?

    about 1 month ago
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    If your pet is lost, you must contact Council, providing the following information:

    1. Date, time and location where your animal went missing
    2. Microchip number and/or last recorded address where animal kept
    3. Description of your animal e.g. breed, colour, size, name, age, gender, distinguishing marks
    4. Confirm your current details

    If your pet is lost, you must contact Council, providing the following information:

    1. Date, time and location where your animal went missing
    2. Microchip number and/or last recorded address where animal kept
    3. Description of your animal e.g. breed, colour, size, name, age, gender, distinguishing marks
    4. Confirm your current details

  • Restricted Breeds

    about 1 month ago
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    American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier

    Breed history

    Throughout the world dogs have, at one time or another, been bred to fight. This breed descends from the Staffordshire Bull Terrier crossed with other fighting dogs, including the extinct fighting Bulldog.

    Key facts

    First use: Dog fighting. Use today: Companion.
    Life expectancy: 12 years.
    Weight range: 14-36 kg.
    Height range: 46-56 cm.

    Dogo Argentino (Argentinian Fighting Dog)

    Breed history

    One of the few breeds developed in South America, the Dogo Argentino is the result of a breeding programme undertaken in the 1920s by an Argentinian breeder, Dr. Antonio Nores
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    American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull Terrier

    Breed history

    Throughout the world dogs have, at one time or another, been bred to fight. This breed descends from the Staffordshire Bull Terrier crossed with other fighting dogs, including the extinct fighting Bulldog.

    Key facts

    First use: Dog fighting. Use today: Companion.
    Life expectancy: 12 years.
    Weight range: 14-36 kg.
    Height range: 46-56 cm.

    Dogo Argentino (Argentinian Fighting Dog)

    Breed history

    One of the few breeds developed in South America, the Dogo Argentino is the result of a breeding programme undertaken in the 1920s by an Argentinian breeder, Dr. Antonio Nores Martinez, to produce a puma and jaguar hunter.

    Key facts

    First use: Game hunting, dog fighting.
    Use today: Companion.
    Life expectancy: 10-11 years.
    Weight range: 36-45 kg.
    Height range: 61-69 cm.


    Japanese Tosa (Tosa Fighting Dog / Japanese Fighting Dog)

    Breed history


    Initially bred in Japan's Kochi Prefecture, from crosses between native Shikoku fighting dogs and imported mastiffs, Great Danes, bulldogs, and bull terriers, this breed was once called the Japanese Mastiff.

    Key facts

    First use: Dog fighting.
    Use today: Companion.
    Life expectancy: 9-11 years.
    Weight range: 89.5-90.5 kg.
    Height range: 62-65 cm.


    Fila Brasiliairo (Brazilian Mastiff / Brazilian Fighting Dog)

    One of Brazil's two native breeds (the other one being the rare Brazilian Tracker), this powerful mastiff was developed from Spanish and Portuguese mastiffs and Bloodhounds in order to track and control livestock and large game

    Key facts

    First use: Tracking, large game hunting. Use today: Companion, security.
    Life expectancy: 9-11 years.
    Weight range: 41-50 kg.
    Height range: 61-76 cm.

    The breed information found on this page have been supplied with permission by the WA Rangers Association Inc