Bet­ter pro­tec­tion from vi­cious dogs needed

Kalamunda Reporter - - News -

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 shi­htzu 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,” she said.

“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.

“We spent nearly $15,000 in vet bills to try and 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 as an in­ves­ti­ga­tion still 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. Un­der the cur­rent laws if the own­ers sur­ren­der it, it can be put down straight away,” she said.

“Oth­er­wise they have seven days to claim the dog.

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

“It’s so un­fair that this dog can go home but my dog will never come home.”

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