Jenny Kingston is heartbroken after losing her baby, a miniature horse to wild dogs.
Jenny Kingston is heartbroken after losing her baby, a miniature horse to wild dogs. Allan Reinikka

Wild dogs attack mini horse

JENNY Kingston walked out of her house yesterday to find a leg on her driveway.

She believed the horrible sight was all that remained of her two month old miniature foal after it was attacked by a wild dog.

It’s the third foal she has lost to wild dogs and Jenny said she’d had enough.

“The other night we heard a commotion outside and we looked outside to find our Labrador being attacked by a dingo or a dog of some sort,” Jenny said.

She said the dog had the Labradors head in its mouth and had to be scared off by her son.

“Then (yesterday) morning we went out and found just a leg left on our driveway and one of our foals was missing.”

Jenny lives on an acreage at The Caves, but said it wasn’t those on properties that were suffering from the dog attacks.

“It’s not just our neighbours. People in the township are complaining of the same thing,” Jenny said.

She was concerned because they were coming right up near the house, which she believed might be a result of people feeding them.

Jenny said she was heartbroken and wanted to see the dogs removed as she was worried about her other horses as well as her grandchildren.

“If you can’t have a pet in your paddock and not have dogs come and kill them, there’s something wrong,” Jenny said.

“What’s going to be next, a child?”

Jenny said following her gruesome discovery she contacted Rockhampton Regional Council as well as the police stock squad.

She said council officers went to her property yesterday to assist with the problem and set up two traps.

Jenny and her family were given information on how to check them and told to contact council once an animal was captured.

While Jenny said she felt like wild dogs were a problem in her area, a spokeswoman for council said no general or obvious hotspots had been identified in the region.

The spokeswoman encouraged anyone with wild dog problems to contact council, after which council officers would arrange to provide cage traps and inform the residents how to use them.



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