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Dog-on-dog attack: "I've never seen anything so savage"

BIG SHOCK: Nephi was attacked by another dog in an off-leash park and was saved by his harness, which was ripped.
BIG SHOCK: Nephi was attacked by another dog in an off-leash park and was saved by his harness, which was ripped. Vicki Wood

NORMA Rumble was too afraid to go for her daily morning walk last week after her dog Nephi was attacked by another dog.

The 83-year-old was walking in Bluebell Park in Caboolture on Tuesday with her Jack Russell-cross and her friend when another dog suddenly attacked Nephi, biting and shaking him.

"I've never seen anything so savage - to attack a dog that wasn't anywhere near him," Mrs Rumble said.

"I had a harness on him and it's a strong one and luckily I had it on him. If I hadn't he could have broken his back."

While 16-year-old Nephi wasn't seriously injured, other than two fang marks on his neck that drew some blood, both the dog and his owner were shocked.

"When you get old it knocks the whole piece out of you when you get a shock and the poor dog was so sick," she said.

Bluebell Park is an off-leash area but Mrs Rumble said owners walking there should take more care with their dogs.

"You can't always trust a dog when they get among other dogs. They should really have it fenced off I think," she said.

"Dogs, like for instance cattle dogs, its bred in them to round up anything that runs."

Mrs Rumble reported the attack to the council and a staff member came to her home to speak to her.

A Moreton Bay Regional Council representative said the council's investigation of the alleged dog-on-dog attack was continuing.

"Under Queensland Government legislation, owners are responsible for the actions of their dogs," the representative said.

"All dogs must be under the effective control of their owner in public places, including off-leash areas, and a leash must be used when walking a dog in public areas."

Councillor Greg Chippendale said the public had requested some off-leash areas not be fenced.

"We do have fenced areas - there's one in Centenary Lakes," he said.

"The reality is that people who go still have to keep their dog in control."

Topics:  dog attack, dog park, editors picks, off-leash dog areas, pets


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