By Joel Cresswell, Geelong Advertiser
NEIGHBOURS were forced to shoot dead a bloodthirsty dog after several pit-bull crosses attacked and killed five sheep in Marshall.
The carnage highlighted failings in dog-control laws, said the neighbour who stopped the attack.
Dick Wylie said the "pig-dogs" were in a "killing frenzy" after escaping from a nearby yard and would have savaged anything they came across.
"It's lucky kids weren't playing along the road ... people are always riding bikes along there families go for walks" he said. The three pit-bull crosses escaped their Minki Court home and attacked the sheep in a paddock on Horseshoe Bend Rd.
Mr Wylie said he and fellow neighbours shot one dog and followed the two other animals home where they confronted the owner.
Those two dogs are being held by City of Greater Geelong while the council investigates the attack.
Animal-control officers must inspect the yards of dangerous dogs once a year.
But Mr Wylie said he had seen many yards were not properly secured in his 20 years making and delivering kennels.
He believes council officers need to inspect the yards more regularly.
"Some of these dogs are bred and trained for this (attacking animals)," he said
"We have our guns checked and they have to be locked up and secured ... (dangerous dog) inspection should be just as tough." Amendments to the Dangerous Dog Bill being debated in State Parliament would empower council officers to fast-track the destruction of dangerous dogs.
The Magistrates' Court could also order an owner to attend a responsible dog ownership course under the changes.
But Dogs Victoria president Peter Frost said the changes would count for little with understaffed councils unable to fully enforce them.
"Councils are undermanned ... there's a lot of legislation that's good in theory but it's the practical part that falls down," he said.
City Hall has seven animal-control officers in the region and just six dangerous dogs have been put down with the approval of their owners this year.
City's acting Health and Local Laws manager Adrian Holbrook said there were 65 dangerous dog incidents this year with most against other domestic animals.
"A significant number of these incidents were in relatively minor categories, including incidents involving rushing and menacing," he said.