Ou­trage over dog at­tacks

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

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.

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