Owner of mauled dog issues serious warning
By EMMA CORNFORD
A COPMANHURST man whose dog was mauled by two pit bulls on the weekend wants people to be aware of what they can do if their pet is attacked.
The man, who did not want to be named, said he did not know who to call or what to do when his dog was attacked in the early hours of Sunday morning.
"I think people really need to know their rights with who they can call and when, because there are a lot of dog owners out there who have no idea ? and I was one of them the other night," he said.
"I called the police and even though they were helpful, they weren't sure and told me to wait until Monday to call the ranger. But if I'd known the rangers had an after hours number, the dogs who did this could have been caught and destroyed right away."
At present, council rangers only have four hours after an attack to track down the offending animal or animals.
In the coming months that will be changed to a 72-hour period, but Clarence Valley pet owners whose animals are attacked should contact council rangers on 66266858.
Pet owners who do not secure dogs can be held liable for any injuries to any pets or livestock that their pet attacks. They can also be fined up to $1320 if their dog is classed as a dangerous or restricted animal, or $110 in any other case.