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  1. One-year-old dies after attack by Rottweiler dog

    Well now there's been another attack in Melbourne and the media is howling. http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/kids/its-time-to-ban-dangerous-dogs/news-story/f9f662204dac7f9c5eadf1915dc75ca0.
  2. Good news article about a Rotty

    There is actually an existing dog walk social group in Canberra.
  3. Council staff recommend the green light for dog breeding facility at Fosters Valley
  4. Year of the Dog: 16 February

    Let's hope it's a good year for dogs in China! Unless Chinese activists can persuade their government to pass better animal welfare laws I doubt much will change. Dogs will still be slaughtered for human consumption; Dog fighting is legal in China (although gambling on a dog fight is not); Dogs are still used as draught animals (poor man's horse) e.g. the so-called "rickshaw dogs". Also, this time of year, around Harbin in north-east china a tourist attraction is a ride in a one-dog open sleigh:
  5. Pet Insurance

    The way insurance works is that a many people contribute to a pot of money (premiums) from which hopefully fewer people make lower claims from the money pot than what goes in. Up until last year, most of our premiums were going to Allianz, as underwriters for Petplan. Then Petplan decided to change underwriter to the Lloyds MS Amlin syndicate. My guess is that Amjlin saw us people with middle-aged dogs as a high risk and since they hadn't been getting premiums from us from when we first took out the policies (they were pocketed by Allianz) they have sent us a price signal that we should either get off their books or pay a catch-up premium so that we end up paying them what we would have paid them had they been the underwriters from the time we first took out the policies. For me, I decided to get off their books and take out insurance with a competitor since not only was I faced with a doubling of my premium but Petplan/ Amlin have also introduced an age related co-payment on top of the normal excess that kicks in once the dog reaches 8 years old. I realise I will have wear the pre-existing conditions with the new insurer but hopefully the premiums will stay low enough that I can at least partially self insure but at least have some insurance for accidents.
  6. Advice please - response to dangerous dog order

    One of the reasons compulsory microchipping was brought in.
  7. Advice please - response to dangerous dog order

    I think it would depend on the jurisdiction. In the ACT, for instance: DOMESTIC ANIMALS ACT 2000 - SECT 50B Obligations of keeper or carer if dog attacks (1) This section applies if— (a) a keeper or carer of a dog is with the dog; and (b) the dog attacks a person or a person's animal (the affected person ). (2) The keeper or carer must, if asked by the affected person, give the affected person— (a) reasonable assistance as requested; and (b) the keeper or carer's name, address and contact details. Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units. (3) If the attack caused serious injury to a person or animal, the keeper or carer must tell the registrar about the attack as soon as practicable after the attack. Maximum penalty: 50 penalty units. Elsewhere in the legislation it is a defence from prosecution if the person or animal provoked the dog.
  8. Fox taming experiment

    Well, in Russia up until very recently there was still a lot of live baiting of 'pest' species going on. You could take your dog to a 'baiting station' where for a fee you could have your husky bait a chained bear or have your terrier chase a fox around an artificial sett. Some US states had a similar practice known as coyote and fox pens. My biggest hassle with foxes is that my dog loves to chase them, which can be problematic as my local unfenced off-lead exercise is bounded by busy roads. They also tend to pop up when I am doing tracking training. Here is what one person in the US uses to stop coyotes taking his pet dog:
  9. Another dog slapped with a DD order and sentenced to death because of a minor incident https://startsat60.com/news/community-rallies-to-save-hank-the-dog-on-death-row-for-attacking-child
  10. Advice please - response to dangerous dog order

    This is an often repeated scenario, especially in summer. Rellies, friends come over for a barbie or pool party bringing along their boisterous, screaming children; dog gets exited, startled, toes stepped on, petted on a hotspot or sore ear, gets protective his family's children, wants yummy food a child is eating, gets protective of his territory because he/ she is chained up in a corner of the yard etc. Result = bitten child and much acrimony
  11. Advice please - response to dangerous dog order

    Miight be worth getting legal advice from the Animal Defenders Office https://www.ado.org.au/
  12. Taking found pets to the pound.

    Quite a few people do chip but then don't update their details when they move, change phone no Tec.
  13. Link: http://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/home/pets/perth-man-savagely-attacked-by-his-own-dog/news-story/944ef4b0c36e06a0f8ff897009a2c4ca
  14. Apparently the Bill has been passed.
  15. Another dog attack. Dingo x's involved

    The article doesn't convince me that dingoes are more vicious than numerous other breeds. It seems simply a case of redirected aggression onto an elderly lady who was trying to break up a fight where 3 medium size dogs were attacking a small dog. The attacking dogs could easily have been bullys, shepherds, malamutes, staghounds or a variety of other breeds or crosses thereof. If the dogs were normally kept in pens like that pictured, it might indicate a lack of socialisation though.