Shirley Summerville and Sussan Corley warn dogs need to be fenced off.
Shirley Summerville and Sussan Corley warn dogs need to be fenced off. Craig Warhurst

Savage dog attack angers residents

RESIDENTS living along the quiet rural McIntosh Creek Road are scared to walk down the street after a recent dog attack.

Shirley Summerville's neighbour, an elderly man, was attacked while on his regular early morning walk and was found along the roadside less than a kilometre from his McIntosh Creek Road home.

Ms Summerville said her neighbour (who wished to remain anonymous) described the dog as savage, large and brown.

She said it sneaked in behind him and bit him on the leg, which bled badly and then when he turned to head for home the dog came back and attacked again, biting him a second time on the leg.

“He said the dog was so savage if he had fallen he was sure it would have killed him,” she said.

Luckily a Good Samaritan saw he was in trouble, picked him up and took him to hospital.

Now Sussan Corley's father, 84, has been given the news that he can't return to his home of 26 years; after the dog bite became septic and the poison affected his brain. Ms Corley said the dog's bite pulled the back of her father's leg apart.

“It was a pretty severe bite – it looked like it healed on the outside but inside it was septic,” Ms Corley said.

The infection is gone now but the damage has been done to her father.

"Unfortunately we don't know which dog, or whose dog it was,” she said.

Both women want people to keep their dogs fenced in so no-one else is attacked.

Ms Summerville said Gympie Regional Council needed to enforce a “no fence no dog” policy.

“I am frightened to walk that way. Now I look behind me to see if there is a dog there,” she said.

Other residents had told her they too feared walking along the street. Council's compliance and local disaster co-ordinator Ron Potter said council was following up leads after getting a description of the dog.

He said so far council hadn't found a dog that matched the description but investigations were continuing.

Mr Potter said council had canvassed the area, taken photos of dogs they found and had been patrolling the area looking for dogs roaming around.

“We don't know where it came from and we don't even know the specific breed,” Mr Potter said.

Council's local laws policy doesn't specify that a fence needs to be built to keep a dog enclosed but it does say owners have a duty to provide a proper enclosure to prevent an animal from wandering or escaping.

Mr Potter said in council's opinion a fence was the best option.

Ms Corley has been told her father needs to go into care but there is no facilities with room to take him at the moment.

“It's just heartbreaking to see him lying there (in hospital).”

Ms Corley's father used to be a member of the Gympie Gem Club and was medically fit due to his regular walks, until the bite she says.

To this day both women don't know the identity of the Good Samaritan who took Ms Corley's father to hospital and would like to say thank you.

Gympie Times


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