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Savage dog danger

Friday, 12th July, 2013

By By Erica Visser

In the latest in a string of dog attacks, the owner of two dogs that mauled a pet cat to death this week has been ordered to keep them in check or face a heavy fine.

The number of attacks recently has also raised concerns that it is only a matter of time before a child falls victim.

According to police, the dogs chased the cat into a vacant block in Cobalt Street where they killed it on Tuesday afternoon.

City Council has issued the owner of the dogs with an infringement notice and the animals will be officially declared “dangerous”.

“A dangerous dog declaration will require the animals to be kept strictly in accordance with the requirements of Companion Animals Regulations at all times,” a Council spokesman said.

The NSW legislation for “dangerous dogs” requires an owner to follow restrictions such as displaying warning signs on their property, fully enclose the property and to keep the dogs away from people under the age of 18 years.

If the owner does not comply, a fine of $1320 can be issued to them and the dogs may be destroyed if they continue to attack.

But the punishment has been questioned by some members of the public, who are worried that a young child might be the next victim.

Local veterinarian Guillaume “Tabby” Tabuteau said that the concern was a very valid one.

“That’s always something you want to ask yourself,” he said

“You always think of it or if a child was holding a dog there.

“One attack is too many but whether it’s more than usual I don’t know.

“Certainly we’re hearing about more attacks than usual.”

Dr Tabuteau said that it was important to keep dogs secured at all times because it was harder to do so with cats.

“Cats do not have to be restrained within a property by law,” he said.

“Unfortunately cats are allowed to wander and the law recognises that cats are not easily restrained.”

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