Snakes Down Un­der staff dev­as­tated, four roos and an emu slain

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - Jodie Dixon Jodie.Dixon@isistc­news.com.au

DEV­AS­TA­TION greeted staff from Snakes Down Un­der who ar­rived at work to dis­cover four kan­ga­roos and an emu had been hunted down and killed, al­legedly by two lo­cal dogs.

Rep­tile park and zoo owner Ian Jenk­ins said the boxer and white staffy dogs man­aged to rip a hole into the cy­clone fence and gain en­try into the kan­ga­roo pen.

Mr Jenk­ins said staff ar­rived at work and no­ticed the emu on the ground.

“We took a walk around the en­clo­sure and we spot­ted four dead kan­ga­roos and the hole in the fence,” Mr Jenk­ins said.

Dev­as­tated and heart­bro­ken over the shock­ing events, staff fought back tears as they turned away cus­tomers and closed the park last Monday.

“We called in the vet and med­i­cated one in­jured kan­ga­roo, noth­ing too se­ri­ous but we need to keep an eye on them all,” he said.

“The shock of the at­tack has put stress onto the other an­i­mals and we need to keep a close eye on them.”

Mr Jenk­ins said it was not the first time th­ese dogs had killed an­i­mals.

“Just over a week ago, the same two dogs got into my chicken coop and killed most of my hens,” he said.

Mr Jenk­ins ar­rived at work later than usual, as he and his staff at­tended the early morn­ing chap­laincy break­fast in sup­port of the lo­cal school.

“To get to work and to find a scene like this was dev­as­tat­ing for me and all the staff at Snakes Down Un­der,” he said.

“It’s dev­as­tat­ing to lose an­i­mals in this way.

“Pet own­ers need to take more re­spon­si­bil­ity for their pets.”

Mr Jenk­ins no­ti­fied the Childers po­lice of the sit­u­a­tion and also con­tacted an­i­mal con­trol.

The dev­as­tat­ing in­ci­dent left the staff up­set and an­gry at the own­ers of the two dogs re­spon­si­ble for the car­nage.

Coun­cil health and reg­u­la­tory ser­vices port­fo­lio spokesman Cr Peter Heuser said of­fi­cers had im­pounded two dogs fol­low­ing an al­leged dog at­tack at the Snakes Down Un­der Rep­tile Park and Zoo in Childers.

“The coun­cil will con­tinue to li­aise with Snakes Down Un­der staff to in­ves­ti­gate this mat­ter at hand,” Mr Heuser said.

“The dogs have been re­leased to the own­ers on the con­di­tion the fenc­ing at the prop­erty hous­ing the an­i­mals was im­proved. The same dogs were im­pounded ear­lier this month.”



CAR­NAGE: Kan­ga­roos were killed by lo­cal dogs last Monday at Snakes Down Un­der.

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