Why was there no re­sponse?

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

FOR about eight hours two dogs were loose in the sa­van­nah en­clo­sure at the Wildlife Habi­tat, wreck­ing havoc among the res­i­dent an­i­mals.

The lack of a re­sponse from both the lo­cal coun­cil and the po­lice has lead the man who first raised the alarm Jon Per­rin to ques­tion the lapse in a let­ter to the Gazette (be­low).

The Gazette asked the DSC about the in­ci­dent, and can re­veal that while coun­cil of­fi­cers were alerted to the in­ci­dent, a break in com­mu­ni­ca­tion led to there be­ing no re­sponse.

Ac­cord­ing to sus­tain­able com­mu­ni­ties man­ager Paul Hoye, the orig­i­nal 000 call lead to the DSC lo­cal laws of­fi­cer be­ing alerted to the in­ci­dent, by the after-hours ser­vice, but the “lo­cal laws of­fi­cer who was not in­formed the dogs were still on site.

“As the Lo­cal Laws Of­fi­cer was oper­at­ing on the as­sump­tion the at­tack had al­ready oc­curred, the lo­cal laws of­fi­cer did not at­tend the scene at this time.”

Shortly af­ter­wards, Mr Per­rin con­tacted the coun­cils after-hours him­self to re­port a se­cond dog in the en­clo­sure, but “the after-hours ser­vice did not re­port this in­for­ma­tion to Coun­cil’s on-call lo­cal laws of­fi­cer on the as­sump­tion the in­ci­dent had al­ready been re­ported.”

The in­ci­dent has led the coun­cil and the Habi­tat to look into open­ing up bet­ter lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion to pre­vent any­thing like it hap­pen­ing again.

Mr Hoye said build­ing bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tions could help pre­vent sim­i­lar in­ci­dents, be­cause “even if Coun­cil’s Lo­cal Laws Of­fi­cer had at­tended the scene at the time of the at­tack, 1.10am, the lone Of­fi­cer had no way of gain­ing ac­cess to the premises and could not have pre­vented it.”

“This is a very un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent for all in­volved, in­clud­ing the owner of the dogs, and Coun­cil hopes every­one learns some­thing from this so we don’t have to ex­pe­ri­ence this type of in­ci­dent again,” said Mr Hoye.

While an in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing, Mr Hoye said that the owner of the two dogs was deeply re­morse­ful for the event, and was in dis­cus­sions with the coun­cil on the op­tion of sur­ren­der­ing the dogs.

In the mean­time, the DSC is in the process of is­su­ing a ‘Pro­posed Dan­ger­ous Dogs Dec­la­ra­tions’ for both dogs.

Coun­cil hopes every­one learns some­thing from this so we don’t have to ex­pe­ri­ence this type of in­ci­dent again Paul Hoye, Dou­glas Shire

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