Council continues investigation into attack

THE owners of three dogs that attacked a woman in Tamaree Rd last month could be charged for breaching council bylaws and failing to prove the dog that led the attack had been put down.

Nikita Byron was walking to the home of her friend, Cheryl Spicer, on a Sunday afternoon in March when the three dogs ran out from a nearby property on Tamaree Rd.

The older female dog was allegedly the first to run out and start attacking Miss Byron, followed by the two younger dogs.

Miss Byron had to be treated for several puncture wounds and bruises to her arms and legs.

Multiple subsequent visits to the property by police and council officers failed to yield the older dog which led the attack, Miss Spicer said.

The owners have maintained that the dog was taken to a separate property following the incident and put down.

Miss Spicer said this week the owners of the dogs who rented the house in Tamaree Rd had since left the neighbourhood. She thanked the council for taking action on the situation.

But a council spokeswoman said yesterday they could not comment or whether or not any charges had or would be laid against the owners of the dogs.

Council media contact Dianne Britten said the council officers had spoken to Miss Spicer and outlined the procedure to be followed, but that the council could not comment on ongoing investigations.

Miss Spicer said her friend had been walking to her house just up the road on the day of the incident, and had been on the other side of the road when the adult female ran out and latched on to her leg, followed by two pups.

"She was screaming to the owners to control their dogs," Miss Spicer said. "I came out of my house to see what was going on and saw my friend limping than she collapsed in my driveway."

Council officers had visited the home where the dogs had been kept on several occasions and were investigating a number of possible bylaw breaches regarding the dogs.

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