New signs snap into action
YELLOW and black rectangles are set to adorn fences across the region as Bundaberg Regional Council rolls out new dog warning signs over the next few weeks.
Bundaberg Regional Council health and environmental services portfolio councillor Mary Wilkinson said owners of dangerous, menacing or restricted dogs were legally obliged to display a sign on their yard.
“They are so a person knows that they are entering a yard which has a potentially dangerous dog in it,” she said.
There are three signs to be handed out — one for dangerous dogs, one for menacing dogs and one for restricted dogs.
Dangerous dogs include canines which have been declared dangerous by the council, menacing dogs are those with aggressive tendencies and restricted dogs are for breeds the council requires the owner to hold a permit for.
Cr Wilkinson said the signs were mandatory as a part of the Animal Management Act introduced last year.
“There is a $700 fine if you don’t put up the sign,” she said.
Cr Wilkinson said dog owners would soon be getting letters alerting them if they needed a sign. The signs would then be posted out after the owner had contacted the council.
Cr Wilkinson said each sign cost about $50, which would be covered by dog registration fees.
For more information on restricted breeds, visit www.bundaberg.qld.gov.au.