Pet dogs killed in sep­a­rate at­tacks

Mandurah Coastal Times - - FRONT PAGE - Vanessa Sch­mitt

COODANUP grand­mother Shirley Viti has been griev­ing for her pet chi­huahuas that were killed in sep­a­rate dog at­tacks.

She said she had been “cry­ing for her lit­tle dogs” and was very “cut up”.

Ms Viti had had her male dog Percy for 10 years and her fe­male dog Brandy for about four years.

Percy was at­tacked by a dog next door af­ter a fence was dam­aged dur­ing a storm ear­lier this year.

The same dog at­tacked Brandy on Septem­ber 29 in Ms Viti’s yard.

City of Man­durah chief ex­ec­u­tive Mark New­man said it was a trau­matic in­ci­dent.

“Our thoughts and sym­pa­thy are with Shirley Viti and her fam­ily,” he said.

“The City of Man­durah as­sesses each dog at­tack on a case-by-case ba­sis, tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion a range of fac­tors in re­la­tion to the fines and po­ten­tial de­struc­tion of the an­i­mal.

“It is not the City’s pre­ferred po­si­tion to au­to­mat­i­cally seek the de­struc­tion of the dog in­volved. Of­ten the own­ers will sur­ren­der their pets for eu­thani­sa­tion.”

Mr New­man said the of­fend­ing dog had no his­tory at the time of the ini­tial at­tack and the owner was fined $600.

“Trag­i­cally the dog was able to re-en­ter the neigh­bour’s prop­erty again and at­tack and kill a sec­ond dog,” he said.

“The of­fend­ing dog was sur­ren­dered im­me­di­ately and eu­thanised. The owner was fined a fur­ther $600.”

Mr New­man said while re­peat at­tacks were rare, it was clear some dog own­ers were fail­ing to un­der­stand the con­se­quences of not tak­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity for their an­i­mal.

“With this in mind the City is re­view­ing its ap­proach to our en­force­ment re­sponse to at­tacks, with a view to tougher ac­tion in the fu­ture,” he said.

“This will in­clude own­ers who have failed to con­tain their dogs in ac­cor­dance with the Dogs Lo­cal Law 2010, which spec­i­fies the re­quire­ments for keep­ing dogs at prop­er­ties in the dis­trict.”

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Shirley Viti’s pet chi­huahuas were killed af­ter sep­a­rate dog at­tacks. In­set: One of her dogs, Percy. Main pic­ture: Bruce Hunt

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