Do something! Council slow to act on cat-killing dog
THE wheels of justices grind very slowly when your home has been the target of three separate dog attacks, killing your cat, chickens, guinea pigs and seriously mauling another pet.
Maroochydore's Rebekah Barber has been trying to get Sunshine Coast Council to take action against the neighbour's dog she believes is responsible since the first incident four months ago.
This was when she found her 13-year-old cat dead at her front door, with a male brindle staffy "standing over his dead body" along with another dog.
By the time the council animal control arrived, the staffy had disappeared and the other dog was taken away.
Her neighbours, who own a male brindle staffy, were required to fix their fence.
But with no eye witnesses, the council couldn't take more action. More incidents have followed.
First a male brindle staffy was seen running through the front hedge of Ms Barber's driveway, barking aggressively.
A report was made to the council, but as usual the dog had disappeared.
And then, nearly two weeks ago, Ms Barber arrived home to find a dog had broken into her yard, killing two chickens, three guinea pigs and "destroying every ball my daughter owns".
Again, the culprit had fled the scene, but days later a male brindle staffy was back in her yard.
"The council came and collected it, called the owner and they were made to fix another part of the fence," she said.
Last Thursday was the final straw when Ms Barber's two-year-old cat collapsed at the front door.
"The vet said the injuries were 100% dog-related. She had been shaken and is barely alive with broken ribs, a punctured lung, a possible diaphragmic hernia requiring a $1000-plus operation I can't afford," Ms Barber said.
She said the council had advised the incident was "under investigation" but she was frustrated no other neighbours who had also complained about the same dog appeared to have been questioned.
"We have lived in this street for 13 years. There are lots of dogs in this street, but there have never been problems until this dog moved in," she said.
A council spokeswoman assured Ms Barber the council was investigating.
The council has called on any witnesses to come forward to aid investigations.
"Without witnesses and clear identification, prosecuting owners or undertaking enforcement is not possible," the spokeswoman said.
The council said it was taking a tough stance on irresponsible pet ownership, enforcing "the full extent of the law".