Dog owner fined over vicious dog attack
A SAWTELL man has called for tougher laws to stop people owning aggressive dogs after his son was bitten on the hand and his family pet mauled to death on Murray's Beach.
The dog behind Wednesday's attack, a great dane-mastiff then set upon and badly injured another smaller dog before it was caught by council rangers.
The roaming cross-bred dog has since been deemed "an aggressive animal" and euthanised.
It's owner has been fined $770 while another dog that also escaped from the owner's yard has been returned
but placed on a nuisance dog register, a Coffs Harbour City Council spokeswoman said.
John O'Neil, whose poodle- spaniel was killed, said his wife and son have been traumatised by the vicious attack.
"Our family is devastated at losing our precious dog," John said.
"My wife, Rhonda, was walking with our son and dog Tiller when two aggressive dogs were on the loose without their owner.
"The dogs ran up to my wife and son and launched an aggressive attack.
"Our dog was fatally wounded and our son was bitten by one of the attack dogs."
Shortly after, a dog that local woman Dara Kennedy was caring for was also attacked on the beach and severely wounded.
John said that dog is in a serious condition after surgery.
"No doubt other attacks took place during the couple of days these dogs were on the loose," John said.
He called for bans on the ownership of aggressive dogs, prosecution against the owners and laws to ensure all dogs are leashed on Murray's Beach.
"Two families are devastated by these attacks and out of pocket thousands of dollars," he said.
The council said the owner of the two roaming dogs called rangers after they escaped and spent time looking for them.