Council begs owners ‘lock up your dogs’
THE Gympie region is in the grip of a plague of dog attacks.
Council officers for the past month have had to investigate an average of six attacks per week on dogs and people in all corners of the region.
From Mary St to Inskip Point to the footpaths in front of schools to quiet suburban streets, irresponsible dog owners are putting lives in danger by failing to make sure their aggressive and territorial pets are legally restrained or contained.
These people could lose their pets and face court action and fines of up to $5000.
If their dog causes grievous bodily harm or death to a person they could be thrown in jail or fined $30,000.
Gympie local laws officer Ron Potter and his team are run off their feet investigating and prosecuting these dog attacks.
Mr Potter visited Kilkivan yesterday after a dog escaped its yard and knocked down a mailman on his bike.
Another member of his team went to Cooloola Cove where a dog jumped its fence and attacked a smaller dog.
In the past month, school children at Jones Hill have been chased by a roaming dog, and other attacks have been reported in Kilkivan, Goomeri, Imbil and Brooloo.
A Brisbane dog owner was recently fined $2200 after his unrestrained dog attacked a smaller dog while camping trip at Inskip Point.
The small dog was on a leash. It received serious injuries.
In another case, a dog escaped its Gympie yard, went into another yard, grabbed the fox terrier there and took it back to its own yard. The foxy survived, but it cost thousands of dollars in vet fees.
Mr Potter said even dog owners who think they have secure enclosures or fences for their pets are obliged to regularly check them.
And dogs that are taken into any public space within the Gympie region must be on a leash, whether it be a park, a footpath or a beach.
Queensland's Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 can to be used to its fullest intent, which means dogs can be seized, declared dangerous or menacing and legal action taken.
Gympie region residents with concerns about aggressive dogs in a public area, or who fall victim to a dog attack, should contact the council immediately on 1300 307 800 to discuss the next course of action.