Dog attack is last straw for Rocky businessman

THE shock of witnessing a vicious dog attack put Rockhampton businessman Ken Hay's wife in hospital last week.

For him, it was the final straw in what he described as an ongoing dog problem in the city.

Sandra Hay was taking the family's pet dog Mack for a walk along Quay St on Friday morning when two strays attacked.

"They grabbed hold of Mack and pulled him from his leash," Mr Hay said.

He said he could hear Sandra screaming from his timber business, which is located on Quay St.

"My son and a couple of customers ran to help," he said.

Mr Hay said Sandra went into "severe shock" and was soon experiencing chest pains.

He took her to the Rockhampton Mater Hospital where she was put in the high-dependency unit for the night.

Mr Hay said they suspect it could have been a heart attack.

As for Mack, the little Maltese terrier cross is expected to survive despite suffering a punctured lung.

Mr Hay said police picked up the two dogs, who had been reported as missing earlier that day.

Within hours they were home with their owner.

Mr Hay said two council officers came to see him after dealing with the dogs.

"For them to make a decision without listening to what I have to say is bloody disgusting," he said.

"If something happens to my wife, God forbid, who is responsible?"

It isn't the first time Mr Hay has dealt with the effects of a dog attack.

A few years ago his daughter was brutally attacked, receiving over 300 stitches.

"Rocky has a dog problem. It's never been properly addressed. I've had enough."

Council CEO Evan Pardon said the incident was being investigated.

"If further action is required, council will take the necessary steps to ensure community safety," Mr Pardon said.

"Council will monitor the dogs suspected of being involved in this incident to ensure they remain confined to their property."

He said witnesses and the parties involved would be interviewed in the coming days.



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