Warning after dog bites man
MARK Pearson is back in the water after he was bitten by a dog at Shingley Beach.
Mr Pearson, who runs Whitsunday Stand Up Paddle and Kayak, was bitten on his right heel.
He said the dog, which was not on a leash, had a muzzle on it but still managed to bite him.
“The dog had duct tape wrapped around its jaw,” he said.
“There was a tooth mark on the right hand side on the back of my heel. The owner apologised and put it back on the leash.”
“There was a tooth mark on the right hand side on the back of my heel.
“The owner apologised and put it back on the leash.”
He said he had seen fights with dog owners in the area before.
“A family was down here not so long ago and were having a picnic down on the beach... and these people let their dogs off (their leashes) and the dogs jumped all over them,” he said.
Mr Pearson said he grew up on a farm with dogs.
“I’ve got all the time in the world for dogs if they’re well behaved.”
He said it wasn’t the dog’s fault but the owners.
Mr Pearson said when it was busy on the beach, he warned people taking part in SUP or kayak lessons about roaming dogs.
ON THE ALERT: Whitsunday Stand Up Paddle and Kayak’s Mark Pearson was bitten by a dog.