Why was there no response?
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