Res­i­dent says vi­cious ca­nines out of con­trol; coun­cil must act

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - Emily Smith

KILLER dogs have taken to Monto streets and not enough is be­ing done to stop them.

That’s what res­i­dent Juanita Har­ris be­lieves, after her ter­rier Ge­orgie died in Au­gust after be­ing at­tacked by two large dogs in her own front yard.

“I think dogs are out of con­trol in this town and coun­cil has failed in their duty of care to pro­tect us,” she said.

“They (the coun­cil) are let­ting us down by not cracking down on the own­ers. But it is the ir­re­spon­si­bil­ity of th­ese own­ers that is beyond me.”

Mrs Har­ris be­lieves the two dogs that at­tacked Ge­orgie were pit bulls and that they were hunt­ing as a pack at the time.

“I had never heard a scream like the one she let out (when she was at­tacked) in my life,” she said.

In a state­ment made to the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil, vet Cameron Mar­bach said the at­tack was the most se­vere dog at­tack he had seen in his 22 years of prac­tis­ing, where the dog sur­vived the ini­tial at­tack.

One of the killer dogs was put down, and the other was re­lo­cated out of town.

But another at­tack on Cameron Kerr’s foxy Molly on Mon­day showed vi­cious dogs were still lurk­ing in Monto streets.

Mr Kerr was walk­ing Molly on Cun­ning­ham St at 6pm when “what can only be de­scribed as a pig dog” ap­peared be­hind him.

“It grabbed Molly by the top of the head and was es­sen­tially maul­ing her,” he said. “I booted it about four times and that had no ef­fect. So I picked it up and threw it and grabbed Molly.”

The foxy was left with bites around her head and eye and Mr Kerr was left with a $120 vet bill.

Both in­ci­dents were re­ported to the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil.

The coun­cil’s David Wiskar said, given the fi­nan­cial po­si­tion of the coun­cil, their dog con­trol pro­gram was quite ac­tive.

“When dogs get re­ported, we have en­force­ment of­fi­cers we send out to take care of prob­lem dogs.”

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