Big dogs attack small pet five times in own street

YOUR SAY: Just arrived home from the vets.

We have a small quite and overly friendly dog that is now staying in the vets with an injury after being attacked yet again in our own street. This is the fifth time.

It is ridiculous that we are getting so concerned about taking our dog for a walk in what is otherwise a great neighborhood.

'It was an accident' was the excuse for taking the dogs, yes two of them, out of the enclosed yard, off leash, to put in the back of their car.

Problem is, one saw us and immediately ran across the street and attacked our dog.

Is it the responsibility of a dog's owner to control their animal?

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Then the other followed. That's not an accident.

It's due to carelessness and complacency. It may still be in your yard, but if it will not respond to your commands, or worse, you are not paying attention, it is no longer under your control.

We have never walked our little dog off leash, simply because he loves people and we know he will run to people, especially children, to be friendly. And that is not acceptable.

We see people all the time walking their large dogs off leash, as well as people with gates open and dogs walking in driveways or on footpaths. If you do this you need to realise that you can be responsible for serious injury to others, and I am not just talking about other dogs. If we had been walking with a small child imagine the consequences.

It's not the dogs fault, it's thoughtless owners, or worse, arrogant owners who 'know' their dog would never hurt anybody.

It's a dog for heavens sake. Are you really prepared to bet the life of someone's loved pet, or even the life of another person, on how well you 'know' your dog?

If you are, sorry, but you don't actually have that right.

Keep your dog on a leash when it is not in an enclosed yard. Don't get complacent.

Don't think 'it will be alright'. It won't when someone's heart is broken because you saved yourself a couple of minutes by not putting on that leash and it kills their loved pet, or worse, injures or kills a small child.

And maybe the Toowoomba Regional Council should get a lot more serious about this situation.

Maybe if there were more prosecutions and fines for breaking the law this type of dog owner may think twice. Maybe.


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