Strict rules put on at­tack dog

Broome Advertiser - - News - Robert Dougherty

A dog that at­tacked a man swim­ming in Broome, leav­ing him with a wound re­quir­ing 26 stitches, has been de­clared dan­ger­ous and has not been put down.

Shire of Broome emer­gency, health and rangers man­ager Ty Mat­son said rangers had com­pleted their in­ves­ti­ga­tion, in­clud­ing in­ter­view­ing both the vic­tim and the owner.

The dan­ger­ous dog dec­la­ra­tion means stricter reg­u­la­tions on how the an­i­mal is fenced and con­tained at home, and when in pub­lic it must be muz­zled and wear an iden­ti­fy­ing col­lar.

The large male mas­tiff at­tacked a 29-year-old man at pop­u­lar boat launch­ing and swim­ming spot En­trance Point on Oc­to­ber 8.

At the time, Mr Mat­son said the vic­tim could have lost his eye.

He was treated at Royal Perth Hos­pi­tal while the dog was held at the Shire pound dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Any­one who wit­nesses a dog at­tack is asked to con­tact Broome rangers on 9191 3456 or 0407 382 079.

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