Dog Catchers Now Entering A Private Property Near You

Dog catchers now able to enter private property
Dog catchers now able to enter private property

– In what seems to be a clearly emerging trend across Australia, Local Council Dog Catchers are being given unprecedented powers to enter private properties, looking for unregistered or dangerous dogs.

In a move that is sure to get some dog owners hot under the collar, Moreton Bay Regional Council, north of Brisbane, has become the latest Regional/Shire Council to grant such powers to its Rangers/Officers/Dog Catchers.

The Daily Dog will call such people the “Dog Police” in this article in order to simplify the different titles they may be called. However no matter the title, these people are being given the power to enter your yard without your authority – ostensibly to check for unregistered dogs. As we all know however, and common sense dictates, such Governmental intrusiveness will not end there.

Although not able to enter houses (well that’s a small relief!), the Dog Police will be able to go into your carport or open garage, looking for unregistered dogs (and cats too, we should mention). This applies whether you’re home or not, with the Dog Police not required to notify the property owner of their presence. To the pups4sale team such unfettered right of entry creates a host of dangers, both for the Dog Police and the property owner, such as:

. Will the dog owner be prosecuted for assault if he spots someone in his garage,suspects the person is a thief, tackles him to hold him for the Police and then finds out it is a Dog Police Officer he is holding?

. If there is a guard dog on the premises that is not registered and it (naturally) defends the premises against an intruder, will the dog be seized and destroyed just for doing its job?

. What if the property owner orders the Dog Police off his property? Can he do that? If the Officer refuses to leave without completing the check he is (apparently) lawfully entitled to do, can the property owner use reasonable force to remove him?

As you can see, by granting the Dog Police such powers, Councils are setting their staff up for injury and even worse. In fact we believe it is only a matter of time before such people are injured in the line of duty. Australians take their private property and right to privacy very seriously, despite a plethora of laws being passed in recent years by all levels of Government that apparently waters down such rights.

Surely the Dog Police can do their job of keeping suburbia free of wandering dogs simply by doing the job they already have now; picking such dogs up off the street.The current system works when the Dog Police are doing their job (which doesn’t happen in every Local Council area!), so there is no need to escalate the matter to involve entering people’s private property.

The one upside of the inevitable serious conflict that will arise as the result of the passage of such intrusive laws is they will be challenged in Court. As we have stated, someone is going to get seriously hurt as a result of implementing such legislation, and as part of the ensuing legal process such laws will naturally be held up to scrutiny in terms of their validity. We at pups4sale hope the laws are found to be invalid for the reasons outlined above and more, however we value the thoughts and comments from fellow dog owners on this issue too….

8 Responses to “Dog Catchers Now Entering A Private Property Near You”

  1. Kathy

    Is this not a breach of privacy? How can they justify going onto private property to look for dogs when there are so many strays in the pounds now, without going looking for dogs that are homed and cared for. If I found a stranger on my property near one of my animals I would demand them to leave my property and my dogs (all registered) would make sure the would be off. I own 9 large breed dogs and they don’t like strangers unless they are introduced through one of the human members of their pack.

    • pups4sale

      Indeed, Kathy. Some Dog Police member is going to be on a power trip, enter someone’s yard uninvited and get munched on. Then what happens? The property owner gets in trouble over his dogs protecting his property, and the dogs get put down. How is that helpful, we have to ask?

  2. Marilyn

    I heartily agree, some dogs are on private property purely in a guard dog status, so if some unsuspecting Dog Police Officer enters a premises without permission or warning about the dog, they’ll obviously be injured and without explanation or hearing, the dogs will be put down. Dogs doing their duty or dogs protecting their owners or their property will be sacrificed in this idiotic power play. What is wrong with these people knocking on a door and seeking permission to enter or leaving a notice that they were there and advising they’ll be back at a suitable time? Is this bureaucracy gone mad? AGAIN!!!!

    • pups4sale

      That’s right Marilyn. It’s like rolling the dice with our dog’s lives. If some unthinking, trespassing individual comes in to a yard and is bitten, you can just about guarantee the dog is as good as dead. That should not be – they should be given a pat, a frozen bone and a hearty “well done” instead. As we have said in response to other comments on this topic, at pups4sale we would rather take the chance that people are going to be sensible and stay out of our yard with two large dogs barking at the fence, rather than come in – Dog Police or no Dog Police.

  3. Lyn Renn

    Many years ago, I heard the following happened: Husband gone 2 work, kids gone 2 school, wife decided 2 go shopping. She left their German Shepherd in the house. On her return, she found the dog standing over a burglar. Get this-SHE was charged & the burglar got away with his venture!!?? There is absolutey NO justice in this World we (try 2) live in!!!!!!!

    • pups4sale

      Lyn, there’s lots of documented accounts that have unfortunately ended up in Court for the poor dog/home owner. It’s one of those difficult situations for sure. However the upside is there is also strong anecdotal evidence that just having a dog on the premises makes the bad guys look for an easier target in many cases. Having said that we would prefer to take our chances and have our dogs take a piece out of any intruder rather than be too scared to have a dog at all.

  4. Rhonda

    This is outrageous. I have two large breed dogs (registered) who will protect their property to no end. Unless they are introduced by their human pack member they will.. not attack… but stand their ground. If the so called “dog police” dare to attempt to restrain them and show aggression to them, then I would not blame my dogs for defending themselves or defending me. If I got between the “dog police” and my dogs to protect them, they in return would certainly protect me from harm or threat. One can just see that these “government drones” so to speak, would have no problem playing the “I have the power card to seek & destroy’. I am all for clamping down on those who do not register their animals and do not restrain them from wondering the streets or menacing those who walk their dogs, but to give them the power to just enter your private property and take whatever they deem to be their right to do so. . IT’S JUST NOT ON!!! Anyway, they would know if the animal/s on the property is registered before they even enter a property, so what are they really after.

    • pups4sale

      Yes Rhonda, most people feel rightly aggrieved that the Dog Police can just waltz onto a private property – ostensibly to check all the animals are registered, but in reality they can use that as the excuse for entry. Then if your dogs do defend their territory (as dogs are wont to do), well yourself and your dogs are in big trouble. It is just not right, and we hope many people take the opportunity to tell their Local Council so too.

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