Let­ter to the ed­i­tor: Mr Per­rin’s ac­count

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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.

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