Emma Pattemore with her dog Ruthie who were terrorised by roaming dogs.
Emma Pattemore with her dog Ruthie who were terrorised by roaming dogs. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Pregnant Emma scared of dog attack

EMMA Pattemore is terrified to walk her dog alone.

The heavily pregnant Rockhampton woman was nearly attacked by two roaming dogs as she walked her pup Ruthie on New Year’s Eve.

Now Emma won’t go walking without her partner as she fears the dogs might strike again.

This week at her Farm Street home Emma spoke to The Morning Bulletin about her scary ordeal.

She said she saw the dogs running around and tried to avoid them, but they saw her Tibetan spaniel and tried to attack it.

Emma had to fend the dogs off as best she could while trying to protect her small dog.

“They were lunging at her (Ruthie)... she was lucky she didn’t get injured,” she said.

“Thank goodness they didn’t attack me.”

Emma said she was thankful an older couple in a white ute stopped and helped her.

“I was really angry and really upset,” she said.

“These people (owners of the dogs) obviously don’t care about their animals if they are not providing secure yards.”

Because of the Christmas holidays, Emma said she was unable to make a complaint to council.

A spokeswoman from Rockhampton Regional Council said council was determined to reduce events such as this through a number of initiatives which aim to educate pet owners about their responsibilities.

She said the initiatives included free basic obedience training classes throughout 2010 which are designed to provide owners with information about basic pet care.

There are free puppy classes for children and their pups from January 19 to 22.

“These initiatives will help to educate residents and therefore reduce the risk of dog attacks within the region,” she said.



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