Warn­ing af­ter dog bites man

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

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.

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