Housing commissioner had no duty of care to dog attack victim, lawyers argue

July 16 2015 Christopher Knaus  The ACT's social housing commissioner had no duty of care to a young boy mauled by two vicious dogs at a Griffith home, lawyers have argued. And even if that duty of care existed, the government has argued it acted reasonably and could not have known the dogs were a hazard while they were inside and under the control of their owner.   Patrick Hartigan and Joanne Mangan with their son Jack, 12, who was mauled by two pit bulls when he … [Read more...]

Dog owners will be sent to their own cage – with up to 10 years in jail – if their pet attacks or kills another person.

Renee Viellaris The Sunday Mail (Qld) October 16, 2011 Tough new state laws have been drafted that for the first time include a prison penalty for negligent dog owners. Owners that fail to have a fence or an appropriate fence - or the guard dog they have is inappropriate - will face jail time if their dog attacks. Attorney-General Paul Lucas said Queensland's proposed laws were sparked after this year's horrific death of Ayen Choi, a four-year-old Victorian girl mauled by a … [Read more...]