Cott’s se­nior ranger probes dog’s twin at­tacks

POST Newspapers - - Front Page - By DAVID CO­HEN

Cottes­loe’s se­nior ranger is in­ves­ti­gat­ing sep­a­rate at­tacks by a ger­man shep­herd on a Cottes­loe res­i­dent and a res­i­dent’s dog.

A doc­tor’s re­port on one of the at­tacks says the 86-year-old vic­tim was bit­ten on the right an­kle af­ter the dog sud­denly lunged at him.

“The wounds had been bleed­ing pro­fusely for some time,” the re­port, which has been pro­vided to the coun­cil, said.

“On ex­am­i­na­tion [the vic­tim] had mul­ti­ple punc­ture wounds in both sides of his right an­kle, con­sis­tent with a large dog tak­ing a bite.”

The vic­tim was given a tetanus in­jec­tion and told to take a course of an­tibi­otics.

In his state­ment to the coun­cil, the vic­tim said the at­tack hap­pened on Oc­to­ber 20 near his home while the dog was on a lead.

It said the ger­man shep­herd’s owner was apolo­getic and brought him some tis­sues to stem the bleed­ing.

When the bleed­ing didn’t stop the vic­tim called a nurse friend, who im­me­di­ately took him to the doc­tor.

“[The ger­man shep­herd owner] came by the house, again apol­o­gised, and gave me a bot­tle of wine,” he said in his state­ment.

He added that the dog’s owner had told him his ex­penses would be paid for af­ter the at­tack.

But de­spite two let­ters to the owner, the $120.10 med­i­cal bill has not been paid.

The first let­ter was re­turned to him un­opened.

A woman was walk­ing her dog at the Civic Cen­tre on Oc­to­ber 6 when she said it was at­tacked.

The woman said her dog re­ceived a punc­ture wound to its right front leg, and se­vere bruis­ing and swelling. “He’s still got a limp,” she said.

She re­ported the at­tack to the coun­cil on Oc­to­ber 22 and pro­vided a vet re­port, vet bill, and state­ments.

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