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Reflective collars now mandatory for Mackay dangerous dogs

Regulated dog collars

Dogs with a history of dangerous and aggressive behaviour must now wear a reflective red and yellow striped collar, as new laws came into effect this month.

Regulated dog owners are being contacted by Mackay Regional Council to provide them with the new collars.

Deputy Mayor Karen May says it's about raising awareness and preventing future dog attacks.

"If they're out roaming the streets you can contact council to have the dog picked up and also to let the community know that they might be in close contact with a regulated dog," Ms May says.

Regulated dogs must already be microchipped, wear an identification tag, be kept in an enclosure with a sign displayed, and be kept under effective control.

Declared dangerous dogs and restricted dogs must also be desexed and muzzled in public.

Dogs of any breed can be declared dangerous or menacing by an authorised local government officer if it has attacked, or acted in a way that caused fear to, a person or another animal.

There are five restricted breeds in Queensland:

- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Brasileiro
- Japanese Tosa
- American pit bull terrier or pit bull terrier
- Perro de Presa Canario or Presa Canario