PET HURT: Leanne Blows and Dakotah Hughes, 3, with their two-year-old American staffy, JD.
PET HURT: Leanne Blows and Dakotah Hughes, 3, with their two-year-old American staffy, JD. Andrew Morgan

Dogs jump fence to attack family pet

LEANNE Blows fears for the safety of her three young daughters and dog, after an attack on their family pet in central Gladstone left him bruised and battered.

The family dog, JD, was attacked by a bull arab and boxer cross that jumped the fence, leaving the American staffy with a cut, bruises and a weeping eye.

"It's not fair because he wouldn't have even known how to fight back," she said.

She said her dog was placid and friendly, "he wouldn't hurt a fly".

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"He was wearing his collar, which was lucky because you never know, they could have gone for his neck.

"If it happened when (the girls) were in the yard … then the damage could have been already done by the time I got outside," she said.

The area is now being patrolled for dogs that match the description.

Council's environment portfolio spokesman Col Chapman said owners who failed to contain their animals were issued with a compliance notice.

"If this occurs more than once, the owner may be issued with an "animal wandering at large" penalty infringement notice for $227," Cr Chapman said.

Failure to comply with that notice could result in a $569 fine.

Between January to September this year, there were 159 animal attacks reported to Gladstone Regional Council.

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