Kwinana Courier - - Opinion -

THE past few weeks have been shocking for dog at­tacks. First, there was the death of mother Sue Lopi­cich af­ter she was mauled by a bull mas­tiff cross in South­ern River. Then on Sun­day, a labrador cross killed a pet dog in Warn­bro (see p1). In this edi­tion (p3), we also have a court case where two dogs were put down af­ter they at­tacked a jack rus­sell. Dog at­tacks spark con­tro­versy in the com­mu­nity. This heated de­bate was played out on our so­cial me­dia plat­forms. As Gia Thom­son said on Face­book: “Dogs don’t at­tack for no rea­son.” The blame game ex­tended to the breed of dog, the vic­tim, the dog’s owner or pre­vi­ous own­ers. Then there was the sen­si­tive is­sue of con­fis­ca­tion and pos­si­ble eu­thana­sia. I think dogs who at­tack other dogs should be re­ha­bil­i­tated. They should never be left alone with chil­dren or the el­derly or al­lowed off lead. For dogs who kill peo­ple, eu­thana­sia is the sen­si­ble op­tion. It’s just not worth the risk of it hap­pen­ing again. Most peo­ple in­volved in these cases are an­i­mal lovers. Their dogs are mem­bers of the fam­ily. Ev­ery­one suf­fers when dogs at­tack. Vanessa Sch­mitt - Ed­i­tor

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