Kwinana Courier - - Opinion -

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

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