Vicious canine sent to NSW

ONE of three dogs seized after a Rockhampton woman was mauled so badly she required surgery has been relocated interstate, Rockhampton Regional Council revealed yesterday.

The other two dogs involved in the attack in Horton Street, Koongal, in September last year have been destroyed.

However, council yesterday said it was still carrying out investigations in relation to the relocated dog after arrangements were made to send it to a property in Lismore, New South Wales.

On September 1 last year, a 59-year-old woman was attacked and a 16-year-old girl bitten on the thigh.

The woman spent five days recovering in hospital and needed surgery and 60 stainless steel clips and 20 stitches to patch up extensive wounds.

It is believed the woman is still receiving treatment in relation to her injuries.

She declined the opportunity to comment when contacted this week.

In late September, council confirmed two dogs and their eight puppies were impounded after being seized, and the owners were issued with a dangerous dog declaration which they had the opportunity to appeal if they wished.

Yesterday, Rockhampton Regional Council CEO Alastair Dawson said the local council in Lismore had been notified about the declared dangerous dog.

He said councils north of its border were also aware of the situation.

On New Year’s Eve, a heavily pregnant Rockhampton woman was menaced by two roaming dogs while walking along Farm Street.

While unharmed, she was traumatised by the event.

Mr Dawson said animal control was an area council was concentrating on improving as new legislative requirements come into place.

“We are spending more time on animal management than any other area within the organisation,” he said.

“We readily admit we are not yet on top of our game but we are absolutely committed to making sure we get on top of it over the next year or so.”

The owner of the Horton Street dogs declined the opportunity to comment on the matter this week.

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