North Rockhampton resident Kim Kneen is caring for her dog Rusty after he was attacked while she walked him along Berserker Street.
North Rockhampton resident Kim Kneen is caring for her dog Rusty after he was attacked while she walked him along Berserker Street. Megan Lewis

Rusty attacked near school

KIM Kneen was walking her pet dog Rusty past Berserker State School, as she’s done every second day for the past three years, when an bull mastiff cross off its lead attacked.

Rusty now sports a scar across his left cheek after the vicious attack, which happened just before school started on Wednesday.

Mrs Kneen wants to let people know about the attack in the hope it won’t happen to another dog or person.

She is also grateful to those parents who came to her aid.

“Seeing what it’s done to a dog, imagine what it could do to a kid,” she said.

Rockhampton Regional Council confirmed it had received a complaint and had increased patrols to find the dog.

“Council is particularly concerned as the dog has been seen in and around the Berserker State Primary School,” a council spokeswoman said.

Meanwhile, a council spokeswoman yesterday said an independent report into its handling of a dog investigation after two people were attacked in North Rockhampton last year was still to be finalised.

The spokeswoman said the report was expected to be finished mid-to-late February.

She said council would be guided by its legal representatives as to how much information from the report would be released to the community.

The report, which will be sent to the CMC for review, will explore council’s actions after the attack on two people in Horton Street in September.



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