Letter to the editor: Mr Perrin’s account
AS a witness to the whole event – which happened next door to my house, I feel the crucial point has been missed whereby the deaths and injuries to all of the animals could have been reduced had it not been for the inaction of parties involved.
As I understand the shire was covered by an on-call police presence during the early hours of Wednesday morning, and at roughly 12:30am when I made the 000 call to police.
The call was picked up by a Brisbane-based Police Communications operator.
I understand the operator then passed the information onto the after-hours council service, which I believe to be protocol in dealing with nuisance dog calls.
This was verified to me when I called the after-hours council service at roughly 1:15am.
I then updated the council operator of the situation and informed him that a second dog had got into the park and the resulting noise was very disturbing and I could see and hear Wildlife Habitat animals being chased.
I find it hard to accept that since a local on-call police presence was available in Port Douglas during the morning in question, the Brisbane based communications operator, in addition to calling the council, didn’t make a courtesy call to the officers on duty to advise them of the situation.
They could have then made the decision to attend, or call me for an update.
Upon hearing my account of the incident they would have undoubtedly acted accordingly and almost certainly given the Wildlife Habitat after-hours number a call.
I hope this incident highlights a deficiency in the afterhours emergency call operation when it comes to the protection of animals, and steps are taken by police and council to examine current procedures.