Canning Times - - OPINION -

MY son, grand­daugh­ter and I were re­turn­ing through a laneway from a walk to the Can­ning River in Wil­son when we heard what was ob­vi­ously a dog­fight.

We ran to help and saw a very large dog be­ing dragged away from an­other large dog, which was on a lead.

The own­ers of the dog on the lead were clearly up­set.

While we talked, we saw blood on the ground. The on-lead dog had been in­jured.

What if my eight-year-old grand­daugh­ter had been close? What if she had been lead­ing a dog her­self and the same thing hap­pened?

We were vis­it­ing WA from Vic­to­ria, so I rang the City of Can­ning and asked for an 'of­fi­cial' visit to the of­fend­ing prop­erty and a warn­ing as a pre­ven­ta­tive for the fu­ture.

There are a lots of kids in this big res­i­den­tial area.

I was left on hold for two to three min­utes, then told I wasn't in­volved, it was too late (24 hours af­ter) and noth­ing could be done if the dog was not loose.

They did not ask for in­for­ma­tion or an ad­dress or of­fer so­lu­tions for pre­ven­tion in the fu­ture. Noth­ing pos­i­tive at all.

It was all un­sat­is­fac­tory and bu­reau­cratic.

I was dis­mayed to say the least. Look­ing at the City of Can­ning web­site for an ad­dress gives a very dif­fer­ent pic­ture to the at­ti­tude and ser­vice I was given by the coun­cil of­fi­cer who spoke to me. MAR­GARET BURBIDGE, Vic­to­ria

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