Kylie Bowes found her pet Toy Poodle, Ruffy, savagely killed by a wild dog, fox or dingo, which are occasionally sighted at the back of her block and in her street.
Kylie Bowes found her pet Toy Poodle, Ruffy, savagely killed by a wild dog, fox or dingo, which are occasionally sighted at the back of her block and in her street. Chrissy Harris

Pet dog's head ripped off

A DOG had its head ripped off by a fox or a dingo in Gladstone on Monday.

The 15-year-old toy poodle was found by its owner on Monday morning at the front of their home in Dolphin Terrace, Catalina.

Kylie Bowes said she went looking for her dog, Ruffy, after he failed to show up for breakfast.

“He always sits below the kitchen window waiting for me to take his coat off and feed him,” Ms Bowes said.

“He wasn’t there so I waited and went out to his dog box and then I looked out the front.

“Below the retaining wall I could see his little coat and his head had been ripped off. Whatever it was, it chomped him up and ate him.”

Ms Bowes said the property isn’t fenced because they thought they didn’t need it.

“Ruffy never left the property,” she said.

“We have seen foxes but we thought they wouldn’t come up to the house.

“Neighbours did say that they had seen foxes and we should keep an eye on the dog, but we ignored it because we thought nothing would happen.

“We are not sure what it was, but later that afternoon a dingo was standing at the end of the street.”

Co-ordinator for Rural Lands Protection for the Gladstone Regional Council, Darryl Saw said they get reports frequently in rural areas, but this is a first for Catalina.

“It’s the first I have heard of in that area, but there are always issues with dingoes and wild dogs in Gladstone,” Mr Saw said.

“There are a lot of problems with wild dogs in the rural areas, which is the reason for the baiting campaigns.

“We have organised baiting, but there are restrictions around Catalina Heights because it doesn’t qualify as it is right in the middle of town, where people’s pets can take the baits.”

Mr Saw said that there had been success with dog box traps which can catch foxes.

“There has been success with foxes and domestic roaming dogs, but the wild dog is a different story,” Mr Saw said.

“Unfortunately the council doesn’t have any other facilities at the moment.”

Ms Bowes said people have to take responsibility for their pets.

“The neighbour’s dog chases the foxes when they come into the area. So whether it was a fox or a dingo I don’t know, but something has chewed him up,” she said.

“Another dog went missing on the street recently and neighbours also saw a fox walking across the street into a vacant lot just yesterday.”

Council officers went to the Catalina property yesterday afternoon and set up a number of dog box traps.

Council usually offers rural property owners the opportunity to participate in baiting campaigns to control wild dogs and feral pigs. 

These campaigns are generally conducted in June (early winter) and again in spring (mid-late October). To register for an up-coming baiting program, go to the council’s website or contact council’s Environment and Regulation Officer Tania Jeffs on 4974 6220.



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