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Change to the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Ken Warner
24 Emerson Drive

Total Signatures - 136

Sponsoring Member: Darren Grimwade MP

Posting Date: 20/12/2012

Closing Date: 6/06/2013

Tabled Date: 7/06/2013

Responded By: Hon John McVeigh MP on 8/07/2013

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House that on 18 January 2012 my wife Karen went on her normal morning walk, along the same route she always has for the past three years. This route is popular with elderly people and children walking to/from school. Karen was a few minutes from home when attacked by two Dobermans, which ran out of the front door of a house, onto the road and bit Karen on the back of her legs. When Council Officers arrived at the owner's home the dogs had already been removed to a neighbouring Council. The dog owners were not fined for the actions of their two animals, leaving Karen with no sense of justice.  If a child, elderly person, or mother walking with a baby in a pram had been attacked by these two dogs, possibly a death had occurred, as happened recently to a child in Victoria. 


Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to amend the Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 so that dog owners are held accountable for their animal's actions and not able to move their animals to another area to escape punishment.


Local Councils should have the power to force the animals to be returned to their jurisdiction if removed; fine the owners of animals that attack and cause injuries to a person or another animal. It is time to act now not after another person has to go through what we have or worse.