Attack rise not cause for concern

A BIG increase in the number of dog attacks and wandering dogs is not a cause for concern, councillors were told yesterday.

There were 51 attacks reported in February – 20 on animals and 31 on people – up from 18 in January and 40 in December.

And council officers impounded 172 roaming dogs across the region in February – at the rate of more than six a day.

But compliance manager Chris Phillips told councillors the spike in the number of stray dogs taken off the streets was due to a more proactive approach by council officers.

And he stressed there had been no serious dog attacks during the month.

In answer to a question from Cr Glenda Mather, Mr Phillips said: “These are alleged attacks and many of them are still under investigation.

“None of them were serious. There was nothing to cause grievous bodily harm or injury.”

But despite the reassurance to elected representatives, there is a public perception that the problems caused by vicious and out-of-control dogs are getting worse.

A woman from Mount Morgan who contacted The Morning Bulletin yesterday said she had no confidence in the way the council responded to her complaints about an aggressive bull mastiff.

“I’m fed up with it. It has no collar and roams at will because its owners have no fence. I’ve made several complaints to the council, but there’s been no action.”

She said the dog in question attacked her last week and would have bitten her if she had not sheltered behind a dustbin.

The dog has no collar and roams at will.



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