Out of control dog on the loose mauls much-loved pet
GLADSTONE residents have been warned to keep a watchful eye on their four-legged friends following a vicious dog attack in Gladstone West.
On Monday, Nathan Steff, 25, woke to the yelps of his beloved boxer Boss being attacked by an "out of control" dog.
The early-morning brawl left Mr Steff's four-year-old purebred with injuries to his front leg and genitalia.
But after making a quick dash to the vet, Mr Steff was left with more bad news - he'd have to foot the $125 vet bill.
"I approached the neighbour and said to him, from one dog owner to the other, that he'd have to pay the bill,'' Mr Steff said.
"He didn't want anything to do with it."
It's believed the offending dog belonged to a male who lived a few streets away.
"(Boss) he's my best mate. I was pretty dirty over the fact he got hurt," Mr Steff said.
"I'd do anything for him."
Mr Steff said Boss had recovered remarkably well.
With a few wounds still visible on his leg, Mr Steff said he was more concerned about the damage to Boss's nether regions.
"Most of the damage was to his genitals. We're now worried he won't be able to breed," Mr Steff said.
Since the attack the dedicated dog owner has noticed a change in his pet's his already timid behaviour.
"When he hears other dogs barking he gets a fright. He's always been a quiet, timid dog and has never been in a fight before."
Mr Steff hopes his neighbours get the message about locking their pets up at night to prevent similar attacks in the future.
Yesterday Mr Steff said he discovered the offending dog had been put down by the owner.
Soon after the incident, Gladstone Regional Council law enforcement officers made attempts to capture the offending dog, but to no avail.
Because the dog was "going crazy", Nathan said the council workers filmed and took photos of the incident.
Gladstone Regional Council regulatory services manager Brooke Saunders said council had since been in contact with the neighbour.
"Council has been in contact with the owners and the owners have rectified the situation, therefore no further action will be taken," Ms Saunders said.
A council spokesperson said the council would take allegations made about dangerous dogs seriously.
Council is responsible for enforcing laws in line with the state's Regulated Dogs Provisions of Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008.
A number of breeds are restricted from being owned in the Gladstone region, including American pit bull terriers.
"Dog owners are recommended to ensure their animals are kept within enclosures as this also aids in preventing other animals entering their properties," the spokesperson said.
"Owners are also recommended to be vigilant if walking the animal in public."
The council could not release video footage or photographs of the offending dogs due to privacy and legal reasons.
Banned breeds in Gladstone:
- Dogo Argentino
- Fila Brasileiro
- Japanese Tosa
- Pit Bull Terrier, also known as American Pit Bull Terrier
- Perro de Presa Canario/Presa Canario