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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2014 Week 12 Hansard (29 October) . .

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In this case the animal—and Mr Wall has touched on it in his question—has been returned with conditions. Certainly one option open to Domestic Animal Services is to place conditions such as a dog must be walked; if it is to be walked it must be muzzled. Those sorts of conditions can be put in place in order to provide protection to the public.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Wall.

MR WALL: Minister, are victims of dog attacks consulted with prior to a decision being made as to whether or not a dog should be returned?

MR RATTENBURY: I will check that and provide an answer to Mr Wall.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, is it common practice for the Registrar of Domestic Animal Services to contact victims after a decision has been made to return a dog to the scene of an attack?

MR RATTENBURY: I will also take some advice on that question.

MADAM SPEAKER: A supplementary question, Mr Smyth.

MR SMYTH: Minister, what appeal process is available to victims of dangerous dog attacks if they do not agree with the decision made by the Registrar of Domestic Animal Services?

MR RATTENBURY: I will be happy to provide the Assembly the full details of the process that is available.

ACT Policing—vandalism

MRS JONES: My question is to the minister for police. Minister, over a period of a week earlier this month, community buildings in Weston Creek were targets in a series of vandalism attacks. It has been estimated that the week-long rampage will cost over $60,000 to repair. The separate attacks were on the Shepherd Centre for deaf children, Noah's Ark family and community centre, Chapman Primary School and Burrangiri Aged Care Plus Respite Centre. The focus of attacks included windows, vehicles, classrooms, projector equipment, a piano and garden areas. The Shepherd Centre was previously vandalised in August when the school cubbyhouse was kicked in. Some elderly residents now say they fear for their safety after seeing the destruction caused by these events. Minister, do these separate attacks over a two-month period indicate a pattern of antisocial behaviour?

MR CORBELL: I thank Mrs Jones for the question. Clearly, these attacks and these acts of vandalism are despicable and have caused significant distress for the people who use these facilities, as well as the owners of the private property involved and the managers of the government facilities that were vandalised. The police continue to investigate these matters.


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