Outrage over dog attacks
Two prosecutions for serious dog attacks in the City of Karratha have highlighted the problem of aggressive dogs amid community concern.
Two dog attack cases from January were heard at Karratha Magistrate’s Court last Wednesday, prosecuted by City of Karratha senior ranger Kim Sparks.
In Dampier, two dogs with a history of roaming and showing aggression towards other animals killed a cat in its own yard, in front of its owners, after playing tug of war with it.
In another case in Roebourne, a woman in her 60s sustained deep leg wounds legs after she went into a front yard to deliver a pamphlet and was attacked by one of the owner’s two dogs, which went into what she described as an “absolute frenzy”. Mr Sparks said both cases had provoked community outrage.
Both dog owners pleaded guilty to the charges against them and were fined thousands of dollars.
It follows a spate of other dog attacks last month, including three adopted Saving Animals From Euthanasia cats being killed by dogs in the space of three days.
The victim of the Roebourne dog attack, Christine Noonan-Konig, said she had been seriously concerned about the numbers of roaming dogs in her town for several years. “If I was to take my dog for a walk, I would have 20-30 dogs after me, because they are not secured,” she said.
She believes local rangers should be more strict about enforcing laws regarding dogs, and residents should be more proactive in reporting incidents to them.
Dog attacks resulting in injury carry a maximum penalty of $10,000.