WHAT’S GOING ON? Bart Downing with (from left) Arley, Emily, Charlotte and Russell Baker at their Victory Heights property where dogs are proving to be a menace.
WHAT’S GOING ON? Bart Downing with (from left) Arley, Emily, Charlotte and Russell Baker at their Victory Heights property where dogs are proving to be a menace. Patrick Woods

Menacing dogs back from the dead

GYMPIE Regional Council has re-opened the file on two allegedly threatening dogs, thought at one point to be dead but then officially found to have been relocated last year.

Now, whether dead or gone or both, it seems the two dogs, or animals very much like them, are back.

Victory Heights residents Bart Downing and Michelle Ross say the dogs they have referred to as "Rusty" and "Charlie" seem once again to be menacing Victory Heights residents and pets.

"But Rusty is now called Red," Michelle said.

UNDER THREAT: Bart Downing is furious that neighbouring dogs have been attacking horses and his children are at risk.
UNDER THREAT: Bart Downing is furious that neighbouring dogs have been attacking horses and his children are at risk.

They claim the dogs have menaced them and neighbour's horses and say worrying incidents have also occurred at the nearby sawmill.

They have entered people's homes and many people fear for their safety, as well as that of their children, pets and livestock, she said.

"We lock our calves up at night and they have attacked the neighbour's horses, nipping them and drawing blood," Bart added.

"We reported it to the council in November and the council officer said he needed evidence, although he had received numerous reports.

"We got it on video and went back to the council. First we were told they had been destroyed, then that they had been relocated.

"Now they're back," Michelle said.

"They were barking at our dogs and Bart went around the other side of the house and they bared their teeth at him.

"If it had been a child..."

The dogs they suspect have been declared dead on Facebook, with their alleged owner saying: "RIP my two bear-hugging face-chewing horse-eating people-biting pups."

Yesterday, environment portfolio councillor Wayne Sachs said council staff were investigating the new complaints.

They hoped to be able to report to him today, he said.

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