DOG ATTACKS MORE FREQUENT
DOG attacks in the Rockingham, Kwinana area appear to be more frequent than in the past and the question has to be asked is why?
Property owners are buying aggressive dogs in the hope that they will guard their homes and valuables. Yet the same owners feel at ease allowing their dogs to run around unrestrained and off the leash.
When away from home all dogs should be on the leash and under control of a responsible adult. Large dogs should never be taken for walks by small children.
This is my experience of a dog attack that took place at 8.30am on a school day. The victim could have been a child or a young woman taking a child to the local school.
I was walking on the public footpath when without warning I was attacked by a German Sheppard dog. I had to receive extensive medical attention for a bite on my chest.
When I spoke to the dog's owner he showed no remorse and suggested I “let the rangers sort it out”.
I contacted the Rockingham Rangers and after an investigation the owner was fined and restrictions were placed on the dog.
My reaction was horror at the lenient treatment and I stressed many times to the rangers that this dog was dangerous and would certainly attack again.
No one was listening to the victim – me.
On reflection I should have informed the police and that is my advice to any victim of a dog attack.
Three months later the dog attacked an elderly lady again without warning and was then voluntarily euthanased by its owner.
This further attack could and should have been avoided. BERNIE WHITWORTH Safety Bay