Fear of dog attack makes for no play

LITTLE Huntah Ryan is not allowed to play alone in his own backyard because his mum fears a vicious attack from one of the many roaming dogs in the North Rockhampton area.

His mum Noni says she's caught three dogs in the yard with a council dog trap, including one that was vicious.

It all means that five-year-old Huntah doesn't get to have as much fun, particularly on his swing set.

Ms Ryan spoke out about the situation after seeing The Morning Bulletin's coverage of the recent incident in Horton Street, North Rockhampton, where a woman was hospitalised.

She said, although she had already caught a few dogs, there were plenty more roaming her neighbourhood.

“We have vicious dogs getting into our backyard even though my dog can't get out; it's frightening,” Ms Ryan said.

She said her biggest fear was having Huntah mauled by a dog.

“Should we wait until there is a horrific attack before action can be taken against those dogs only at that time?” Ms Ryan asked.

“I do not plan to use my young son as bait so that something can be done.”

Ms Ryan, who has lived in Koongal for the past nine years, said three aggressive roaming dogs are known to council, but they haven't yet been caught.

She said she had been in contact with local law officers since June when it all became too much.

“Two large dogs of questionable breeds from the neighbour to the rear of my home started accessing my backyard.”

Ms Ryan believes it is time that clear rules about the size and breed of animals allowed within the city limits was determined, along with special guidelines on fencing.

“It is clear that there are people living amongst us that don't care about the safety and wellbeing of others.”

Ms Hunter said she was frustrated after having regular contact with council, including statutory declarations, but yet the roaming dogs continued.

“The irresponsible dog owners have still done nothing to ensure the safety of my family.”

Rockhampton Regional Council chief executive officer Alastair Dawson said council had adopted a low tolerance approach to offending dog owners and officers were regularly patrolling the region.

“Patrols remain a resource intensive activity, and we will focus on those areas with the greatest opportunity to make a difference,” Mr Dawson said.

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