The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2011-08-30T05:03:00Z Kidsafe Backs Vic Government on Dangerous Dog Legislation 2011-08-30T05:03:00Z kidsafe-backs-vic-government-on-dangerous-dog-legislation Kidsafe Backs Victorian Government Legislation on Dangerous Dogs30th August 2011The peak body on child accident prevention, Kidsafe Victoria, today backed the Victorian Government’s legislation on the registration or possible removal of dangerous dogs.Kidsafe said that the tragedy involving a fatal dog attack on a four year old child was a major wake up call about the potential dangers of dogs and young children.Melanie Water, State Manager of Kidsafe Victoria welcomed the State Government’s move to legislate quickly, to give councils greater powers and resources to destroy unregistered dangerous dogs. Ms Water said, “This places the onus back on owners to ensure their dogs are appropriately registered and provides councils with the power to follow up with those who don’t comply.”Research from the Monash University Accident Research Centre shows that in Victoria on average, one child a day is taken to hospital as a result of an injury from a dog attack.Ms Water said “Kidsafe is also supportive of tougher penalties for owners who don’t register correct breeds by the cut off date or keep their dogs fenced as per the law. Media Enquiries: Ron Smith, Corporate Media Communications – Mobile: 0417 329 201 Kidsafe Backs Victorian Government on Dangerous Dogs 2011-08-18T06:36:22Z kidsafe-backs-victorian-government-on-dangerous-dogs 18 August 2011 The peak body on child accident prevention Kidsafe Victoria, today backed the Victorian Government on the removal of dangerous dogs. Kidsafe says the overnight tragedy involving a fatal dog attack on a child serves as a timely reminder about the potential dangers of dogs and young children. Melanie Water, State Manager of Kidsafe Victoria welcomed the State Government’s announcement that they will be giving councils greater powers and resources to destroy dangerous dogs. Ms Water said,”Any dog that is bred or cross bred with a hunting or attack dog is not suitable as a domestic pet.” “A line has to be drawn in the sand somewhere, and there is no place for such animals in areas where children are located.” Research from the Monash University Accident Research Centre shows that in Victoria on average one child a day is taken to hospital as a result of an injury from a dog attack. Ms Water said “The statistics highlight the occurrence of dog attacks involving children in Victoria.” “What they don’t show, is that the serious incidents are usually caused by aggressive breeds such as pit bulls, pit bull crosses and Rottweilers.” Media Enquiries: Ron Smith, Corporate Media Communications – Mobile: 0417 329 201