Pet dogs snatched for fights

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News -

A WARN­ING to be vig­i­lant has been is­sued to all dog own­ers in the Bund­aberg re­gion fol­low­ing re­ports of dogs be­ing taken, or at­tempted to be taken, from prop­er­ties, pre­sum­ably for use in or­gan­ised dog fights.

Bund­aberg Re­gional Coun­cil’s Health and Reg­u­la­tory Ser­vices spokesman Peter Heuser said it ap­peared a per­son falsely claim­ing to be a Coun­cil An­i­mal Con­trol Of­fi­cer was in­volved in at­tempt­ing to take dogs that were roam­ing or were in en­closed yards.

“Coun­cil has re­ceived a cou­ple of in­quiries re­gard­ing this per­son who is re­ported to be a Cau­casian male in their 30s driv­ing a white Mit­subishi Tri­ton ute with two cages on the back.

“While coun­cil’s an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cer drives a sim­i­lar ve­hi­cle the main dif­fer­ence is that coun­cil’s cages are mounted on a tray­back while the ute in ques­tion has a weld­back/style­side shape with the cages in the back.

“The per­son in­volved has been re­ported as oper­at­ing in the Calavos/Al­loway and Moore Park ar­eas.”

Cr Heuser said res­i­dents should al­ways seek iden­ti­fi­ca­tion from any per­son pur­port­ing to be a coun­cil of­fi­cer.

“Coun­cil of­fi­cers al­ways carry of­fi­cial iden­ti­fi­ca­tion which can be pro­duced on re­quest.

“This is an ex­tremely alarm­ing sit­u­a­tion and coun­cil has re­ported the mat­ter to police for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“It is a hor­ri­fy­ing prospect that dogs could be taken for an il­le­gal blood sport such as dog fight­ing or just taken for com­mer­cial gain. If any­one does see this ve­hi­cle, I would urge them not to ap­proach the driver but to record the reg­is­tra­tion de­tails and re­port them to coun­cil (1300 883 699) or the police im­me­di­ately.”

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