As quad bikes ‘run riot’

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - LAU­REN ROBERTS

A HUMPTY Doo dog owner is call­ing for tighter re­stric­tions for quad bike rid­ers af­ter his dog’s ear was “blown off” by a gun­shot.

The man, who asked not to be iden­ti­fied, said the in­ci­dent took place about 2.30pm on a Satur­day late last month, af­ter two of his dogs es­caped his yard — fear­ful of the storm.

“One of my dogs got shot and the other went miss­ing,” he said.

He sus­pects the per­pe­tra­tor was one of the many quad bike rid­ers who hoon around his Wag­tail Ct prop­erty.

“There was a big storm — a lot of thun­der and light­en­ing, my dogs were run­ning around the yard,” he said.

“As I got up to look around my yard I heard a cou­ple of gun­shots ... my fe­male dog was at the fence try­ing to get back in, her ear blown off.”

The man said the prob­lem with reck­less quad driv­ers was get­ting worse and dozens speed along Gunn Point Rd.

“These quad bikes are just ridicu­lous ... I’ve been threat- ened with a cross­bow be­fore.

“Any time you go down Gunn Point there’s at least a quad or a num­ber of mo­tocross bikes. I don't think any an­i­mal is safe — this was de­lib­er­ate; there should be a law against quad bikes and guns.”

A NT Po­lice spokesman said quad bikes and ATV were top­i­cal is­sues in the Ter­ri­tory and some peo­ple rode them il­le­gally.

“Lo­cal po­lice sup­ported by Dar­win Traf­fic Op­er­a­tions con­duct reg­u­lar op­er­a­tions and traf­fic en­force­ment in the greater Dar­win area in­clud­ing that of Howard Springs.”

He said po­lice had in­ves­ti­gated the in­ci­dent.

The spokesman also said the dog’s in­jury was con­firmed as a non-fa­tal gun­shot wound.

“Pos­si­ble of­fences in­clude Sec­tion 9 of the An­i­mal Wel­fare Act, cru­elty to an an­i­mal which car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of 150 penalty units or 18 months im­pris­on­ment and or dis­charg­ing firearms on cer­tain land which car­ries a max­i­mum penalty of 50 penalty units and or 12 months im­pris­on­ment,” he said.

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