Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Dog attack on kangaroo could cost owner

From Busselton Mail

THE person responsible for the dog which killed a kangaroo at Wonnerup recently could be up for hefty penalties if Busselton shire rangers catch up with her.A Wonnerup resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, witnessed a pit bull-type dog break loose from its owner to chase a kangaroo through the coastal scrub and on to the beach on Sunday, September 19.
The dog caught the kangaroo in the ocean where it mauled and fought with it, eventually drowning it, after which the dog’s owner whistled and it returned to her.
“This calls for a greater need to apprehend and deal with this sort of hunting dog,” the witness said.
Shire ranger Tim Wall said the owners of dogs who are not under effective control in exercise areas, or held by a leash in non-exercise areas can be fined up to $1000. In the event of a dog attack, the owner is liable for a penalty is $10,000 or 12 months imprisonment or both.
“In this case the dog owner clearly did not have control of her dog and I ask anyone with information about this particular attack at Wonnerup to contact the shire’s ranger and fire services.”

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