Dangerous, menacing or restricted dogs

What is a dangerous or menacing dog?

Councils and local courts have the power to declare a dog dangerous or menacing on any of these grounds:

  • It has attacked or killed a person or animal (not including vermin), without being provoked
  • It has repeatedly threatened to attack or repeatedly chased a person or animal (not including vermin), without being provoked
  • It’s kept or used for hunting (not including a dog used for locating, flushing, pointing or retrieving birds or vermin)
  • It has already been declared a dangerous dog in another state or territory.

What is a restricted dog?

Restricted dog breeds and categories in NSW are:  

  • American pitbull terrier or pitbull terrier
  • Japanese tosa
  • dogo Argentino (Argentinean fighting dog)
  • fila Brasiliero (Brazilian fighting dog)
  • any other dog breed, kind or description that the Customs Act 1901 prohibits from importing into Australia  any dog declared by an authorised council officer to be a restricted dog under the Companion Animals Act 1998

Dog attacks

AlburyCity and NSW Police investigate reported dog attacks.

If you own a restricted dog and it attacks or injures a person or animal (other than vermin) without being provoked, you must report it to us by contacting us within 24 hours.

Rules for dangerous or menacing dogs

Dogs declared as dangerous or menacing must:

  • be desexed, microchipped and registered
  • be kept at home in a purpose-built enclosure, with warning signs displayed on the property
  • wear a securely fitted muzzle when outside its enclosure (at home or in public places)
  • wear a distinctive red and yellow striped collar and be walked on a secure chain or lead  never be walked off leash, even in a designated off-leash area
  • not be owned by or left in the care of anyone under 18 years old.

It’s illegal to sell or give away a declared dangerous or menacing dog.

Declared dangerous or menacing dogs that come to the Albury Animal Management Facility will be humanely put down.

Rules for restricted dogs

  • It’s illegal to own a dog that’s in a restricted breed or category
  • It’s illegal to sell or give away a dog that’s in a restricted breed or category
  • Restricted dogs that come to the Albury Animal Management Facility will be humanely put down

More information

To find out more about the rules for dangerous and menacing dogs and restricted breeds, see the Office of Local Government website.