Dogs attack elderly man and his pet
THE hunt is on for two dogs who knocked an man to the ground and tried to maul his pet dog at Walkerston.
Mackay Regional Council officers are investigating after the man, believed to be in his 80s, was knocked over by the dogs early Wednesday afternoon.
Community and Client Services director Angela Hays said the animals attacked the elderly man's dog before knocking him to the ground.
"Council officers were at the site of the incident within 35 minutes of receiving the request, where they spoke to the complainant and started the investigation process," Ms Hays said.
"Patrols of the area were conducted to try and locate the dogs that were involved in the incident, however they proved unsuccessful.
"We have scheduled further patrols of the area to try and find them."
Since the beginning of the year council has received 239 reports of dog attacks in the region, Ms Hays said.
She said the council's Local Laws officers investigated all dog attacks, and would decide if action needed to be taken against these dogs and their owners.
"Council would like to remind residents to practise responsible pet ownership and ensure their pets are housed in an enclosed yard at all times, unless being walked on a lead or playing in one of council's off-leash dog areas," Ms Hays said.
"When in off-leash dog parks, dogs must be under the effective control of the owner, which means they respond to their owner's command and remain close to them."