Attack brings back nightmares

By REN LANZONnewsroom@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A YOUNG boy's lifelong fear of dogs has resurfaced after his pet was nearly killed by a neighbourhood dog.

Jesse Keech, 12, was walking the family's two Pomeranians ? trained deaf dogs for his par- ents ? in his Seaview Heights neighbourhood on Sunday af- ternoon when a rottweiler leapt the fence and savagely mauled one of the dogs, Nikki.

"I was afraid, but I was more concerned about what he was doing to Nikki,'' Jesse said.

Jesse said he had been badly bitten by a dog when he was only three, which caused him nightmares for many years. He said the nightmares re- turned on Sunday night.

Yesterday Nikki was treated by a vet. She was covered in bite marks and received stitches.

Jesse said when they report- ed the attack to Gladstone City Council he was told that he was too young to be walking dogs. However, council health offi- cer Ron Doherty said it ap- peared there had been a misun- derstanding and the question was over whether a 12-year-old could legally fill out a statutory declaration.

"However, a person who wit- nessed the attack filed a decla- ration so council can now in- vestigate the matter.''

Mr Doherty said the fact that the attacking dog had been on a leash before the attack had no bearing on the matter.

"The local law states the fence should be sufficient to contain he dog.



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