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Dog behaviour ‘shocking’, says former local

Monday, 4th November, 2013

Archie was attacked and injured while his owner was walking him down Argent Street. Archie was attacked and injured while his owner was walking him down Argent Street.

By Emily Roberts

An ex-local back in the city for a funeral says he was shocked at the behaviour of dogs and dogs owners after a recent attack.

Melbourne resident Bruce Dwyer said his dog was attacked during the week in Argent Street.

He said his wife, Julie, was walking Archie the “Spoodle” - a cocker spaniel  poodle cross - as well as a 16-month old child down Argent Street on Thursday.

As Julie was walking past the Community Offender Services building, a dog jumped out and attacked Archie.

Bruce said his wife was worried about the child being attacked as well as trying to pry Archie away from the other dog.

The owner of the dog then came forward and kicked his dog away.

“Julie thought the dog might have been a Pitbull-cross,” he said.

“The dog was trying to kill Archie and I worry about anyone else who might have walked past him.

“It shows the owner didn’t have much control over his dog.”

Bruce was also disappointed that no one helped his wife.

“No one was interested in helping out. We called the police and the dog catcher,” he said.

Archie is very social and not aggressive, according to Bruce.

Bruce owns a dog-walking business and takes Archie along with him.

“Archie receives two walks per day and is friendly with all breeds of dogs

“Archie has a tear in his eye. It is going to cost us $500 to fix and he will be under general anesthetic for most of the day.

“The vet said if the damage was worse, they would have had to take Archie’s eye.

“I’m damn glad that’s all it was.”

Having not travelled back to the city for two years, Bruce was surprised by the dog stories he heard.

“I’m hearing of lots of attacks and people are telling me they are afraid to walk their dogs,” he said.

Council’s Manager of Sustainability, Peter Oldsen, said this attack prompted a strong reminder to keep dogs on a leash.

“It is disappointing to see that owners still allow animals in public places without a leash,” he said.

“There will be penalties for people caught behaving irresponsibly.”

Mr Oldsen said the Animal Control Officer will be continuing to patrol the city.

“The dog catcher did attend the area of the incident and followed up the issue,” he said.

“They can’t be everywhere at all times. They will respond as soon as they are informed.

“At this stage any assistance the public can provide with identifying the dog and the owner would be beneficial.”

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