Draft Revocation of Dangerous or Menacing Dog Declarations Policy

Submissions closing on 23 June 2021, 5:00PM

Photo of dog in muzzle.

We're proposing to introduce a policy to process requests to revoke dangerous or menacing dog declarations.

The draft Policy will allow the owner of a dog declared as dangerous or menacing under the Companion Animals Act 1998 to apply to Council for the declaration to be removed.

Revocations will only be granted to applicants who can show their dog has undergone behavioural training and is no longer a threat to the community.

Under the draft Policy, an application can be made 12 months after the declaration is issued. The application must be supported by a Current Temperament Assessment provided by a qualified Animal Behaviourist. 

An adjudication panel would then assess the application and make a recommendation to Council's Authorised officers for final determination.

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The develpoment of the draft Policy forms part of our commitment to promoting safe communities and making Council more responsive to the community, key objectives of the Cessnock 2027 Community Strategic Plan 

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