Relief after two dogs destroyed
AFTER losing three guinea pigs in a dog attack, Walkervale resident Roselea McHale has had mixed emotions after the dogs responsible were destroyed.
“In a way it is happy and sad. I don’t like any animals being put down,” she said.
Ms McHale’s guinea pigs were attacked as they slept in their hutches on Water Street, when two dogs entered her back yard in the early hours of last Monday morning.
“If the dogs weren’t going to be enclosed properly, at least I know my children are safe,” she said.
Mrs McHale said it was her children’s love of animals that had her most worried.
“If an animal was being attacked I wouldn’t put it past my children to step in to help,” she said.
Mrs McHale said the family would look into getting new guinea pigs in the new year.
Nearby May Street resident Greg Lassig lost more than 20 chickens and two ducks the same night, but the cause of their deaths has not been determined – council officers are unsure if it was human or animal.
Mr Lassig was also supportive of the dogs’ destruction.
“It is good, as long as I know it was them who did that,” Mr Lassig said.
Despite the uncertainty, Mr Lassig has already bought eight new chickens for his yard which are already laying.
Bundaberg Regional Council chief executive officer Peter Byrne said the dogs’ owner had voluntarily offered to have the animals put down.
Council officers attended the owners’ home with police on Tuesday afternoon.
“It was our intention to declare the dogs dangerous and in no way did we force him but he signed a form authorising their destruction,” he said.
Mr Byrne said straying dogs had become a continual problem for local government.
“Regrettably we aren’t seeing a decline in the number of dogs we find,” he said.
Mr Byrne urged dog owners to take responsibility for their pets.
“If you are going to own animals, they have to be appropriately fenced and the only time they can go out of there is they are on a leash and adequately restrained,” he said.