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dogA dangerous dog which has a history of attacking people has been stolen from the Byron Shire Council pound.

The three-year-old desexed male Rhodesian Ridgeback cross Siberian Husky (pictured), is tan in colour with a white chest. It answers to the name ‘Rush’ (microchip number: 97720000823819).

The dog was declared dangerous back in early 2016 as a result of five reported incidents. In April it also attacked a cyclist in Byron Bay.

The attack was reported and Byron Shire Council successfully prosecuted the dog owner.  The court ordered the destruction of the dog.

Council’s legal services coordinator Ralph James said the dog was being held at the pound whilethe owner went through the appeals process in the District and Supreme Courts.

‘Naturally we are greatly concerned that we now have a dangerous dog somewhere out in the community.

‘It is known to attack and if not kept confined in a secure area, it is likely to do so again.

‘We’d appreciate if people kept a look out for the dog and if sited, phone council on 6626 7000 so we can return to the pound.’

Mr James said the police have been informed and attended the pound.

He reminded dog owners that dogs are not allowed to roam or leave a property, must wear a collar, identification tag, be microchipped and under the control of a competent person at all times when in public places.

The owner of a dog not under control in a public place can incur a minimum $220 on the spot fine. If in a prohibited place, the fine is $330.

Convictions for some dog attack offences can result in permanent disqualification from owning a dog or being in charge of a dog.

Dangerous dogs must be kept in a secure enclosure and when out kept on a leash with a muzzle.  If moving to another area, the dog owner must notify the local council.

Mr James said under the Companion Animals Act, a dog can be declared dangerous if it rushes at a person on more than one occasion.



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  1. Irresponsible people should not own dogs. Last year a young local woman had half her nose torn off by a local dog that had previously been declared dangerous by Council.

    This dog will have been taken out of the area by now to continue its mauling in another Australian region.


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