Better controls sought for dogs after attack
Rural residents are calling for better dog controls from landlords after an alpaca was mauled so badly it had to be shot.
Dairy Flat resident Beverley Palmer’s pedigree alpaca Anastasia was put down after her face was crushed by a bull terrier cross.
The dog was owned by neighbouring tenants who had moved in three weeks before the attack occurred on August 17.
The tenants had arrived home and let their two dogs out of their garage when one of them flew out.
Palmer said It ran through two fences, past a trio of yearling male alpacas, and attacked Anastasia.
Screaming from the dog’s owner alerted Palmer and other residents.
A neighbour, Deirdre, said she thought the woman’s screams were Palmer and she rushed to investigate.
‘‘It was absolutely anguished screaming,’’ Deirdre said.
She came across the young woman who was an ‘‘utter anguished wreck’’ and a young man who appeared to be in shock.
A vet was called and put the alpaca down. The vet said it was the worse mauling he had seen in 30 years, Deirdre said.
The dog had crushed all the bones in Anastasia’s face and snout.
Palmer said she held no animosity towards the dog’s owners who were very apologetic. They helped bury Anastasia, put the dog down, and paid reparations.
‘‘But still no animal deserves to die like that,’’ Palmer said.
She and Deidre question why the landlord allowed the unneutered bull terrier to live on the property near livestock when it wasn’t contained, and wonder if questions were asked about the dog’s breed and history.
Harcourts Cooper and Co Albany are the property managers, after recently selling the property to a buyer believed to be overseas, Palmer said. Harcourts Group national communications manager Andrea Svendsen said the decision to allow dogs at a rental property, is solely at the discretion of the property owner.
‘‘Harcourts records details of animals that tenants request to keep on the property and relays this information to the owner to assist with that decision however, all animal control is the responsibility of the tenant. Any problems that may arise fall under the Dog Control Act 1996,‘‘ Svendsen said.
Beverley Palmer with some of her alpaca, who have been agitated for days after the attack.