Plea for dog law change

Hills Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Sarah Brookes

A MIDVALE res­i­dent whose dog was fa­tally mauled by a bull mas­tiff is call­ing for changes to the laws to bet­ter pro­tect peo­ple from vi­cious dogs.

Rose­mary Lot­stra’s part­ner was walk­ing their 13-year-old mal­tese shi tzu Sam with her grand­daugh­ter on Au­gust 11 when the bull mas­tiff at­tacked.

“Sam suf­fered punc­tured lungs, four shat­tered ribs and a hole in one side. Vets at the An­i­mal Hos­pi­tal at Mur­doch Univer­sity tried to save him but they said Sam’s in­juries were one of the worst cases they had seen,” she said.

“We spent nearly $15,000 in vet bills to try save him but no amount of money could save him.

“We are dev­as­tated and shat­tered as Sam was the love of our lives.

“He didn’t de­serve to go like this.”

Shire of Mun­dar­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive Jonathan Throssell said rangers were aware of the in­ci­dent and that the dog, which was not de­clared danger­ous, had been re­ported pre­vi­ously for an­other at­tack.

“No for­mal ac­tion or pros­e­cu­tion was taken as the com­plainant did not want to go to court,” he said.

“A de­ci­sion has not yet been made due to an in­ves­ti­ga­tion still be­ing un­der­way.”

Mr Throssell said there were 11 dogs in the Shire cur­rently de­clared danger­ous.

Ms Lot­stra said her nine-year-old grand­daugh­ter was dev­as­tated by the at­tack.

“We want the dog de­stroyed,” she said.

“Un­der the cur­rent laws, if the own­ers sur­ren­der it it can be put down straight away.

“Oth­er­wise they have seven days to claim the dog.

“This dog has at­tacked twice be­fore, in­clud­ing on an el­derly man and an­other dog.”

Fa­tally mauled Sam.

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