POOR POODLE: Chinchilla resident Michael Ahern with his dog, Isaac, who was violently attacked by neighbouring dogs.
POOR POODLE: Chinchilla resident Michael Ahern with his dog, Isaac, who was violently attacked by neighbouring dogs. Julia Baker

Owner furious over backyard dog attack

MICHAEL Ahern still has nightmares about the time his dog, Isaac, was viciously attacked by a pack of dogs.

That was three years ago and now it's happened again.

The Chinchilla resident was at his home on North St on Friday, July 21, when he heard Isaac, a poodle bichon frise cross, yelping from outside.

When Mr Ahern looked out his bedroom window he saw two large dogs had jumped the 1m-high wire fence around his property and had Isaac around the neck, shaking him violently.

"I ran outside and grabbed the dog around the neck and was trying to pry his mouth off Isaac's neck,” he said.

He managed to free Isaac from the dog's mouth but not before he suffered puncture wounds and bruising. Isaac was taken to the vet and treated with a course of antibiotics.

Mr Ahern said the two attacks had cost him almost $800 in veterinary bills.

"It's like a rabbit - the dogs just grab him and think he's fodder,” he said.

An angry Mr Ahern called on the council to do more to enforce rules on wandering dogs. He said "more diligence” was needed.

"They (the council) need to drive around the streets of Chinchilla more often,” he said.

"I've only seen a dog truck driving around Chinchilla four or five times in the past eight years.”

Western Downs Regional Council Responsible Dog Ownership rules stipulate that dogs must be kept on an owner's land at all times and suitably fenced at a sufficient height, which prevents them escaping the property.

Mr Ahern said it was not the first time dogs from neighbouring properties had jumped his fence and he now had to keep constant watch over Isaac.

"We have to take turns watching him in our own yard in case the dogs jump the fence again,” he said.

Isaac doesn't have a bad bone in his body, he said.

"I love the little bloke, he's like a kid to me and I have nightmares over him getting attacked.”

Mr Ahern has made a complaint to the council but said the response was unsatisfactory.

"I haven't had anything back about them declaring dangerous dogs ... they said they've just spoken to them,” he said.

The council said it was investigating the incident.

Council spokesperson for planning and environment Councillor Andrew Smith said the council took a "zero tolerance approach to complaints involving aggressive animal behaviour”.

"Like our residents, we pride ourselves on safe local neighbourhoods and cannot appeal strongly enough to our region's dog owners to be responsible pet owners.

"Cases involving aggressive behaviour are avoidable if owners do the right thing by taking steps to ensure their dogs are safely and effectively secured,” he said.


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