Wild dogs maul family pets
A MUCH-LOVED family pet was killed by wild dogs in broad daylight at Nashua yesterday, and a second pet dog badly mauled.
Mouse, a 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier, and Hamish, her gentle border collie companion, were the latest victims in a ser-ies of dog attacks in the area.
Mouse's grief-stricken owners, Jan and Doug Cody, of Booyong Road, said the feisty terrier heard dogs on the property at 7am and raced outside to investigate. Hamish followed and the Codys heard dogs fighting.
Hamish came limping back, bleeding from a dozen wounds. The Codys later found Mouse's body, which also had been savaged by thier attackers.
Ms Cody said that packs of dogs had been causing mayhem in Nashua in recent weeks.
“Horses have been run into barbed-wire fences and been injured and newly-born calves killed,” she said.
A neighbour's dog had also nearly died in one attack.
Mrs Cody was angry about what she saw as inaction by the North Coast Livestock, Pest and Health Authority (LPHA).
“We've paid our rates forever and had nothing back. The rangers are spread too thinly,” she said.
But the LPHA's senior ranger, Dean Chamberlain, said Nashua had many separate landholders on small blocks, and permission was needed from each of them to do an extensive enough baiting program to make it effective.
Local ranger Neil Hing visited the Codys yesterday and planned a concerted baiting program over four properties covering 140 hectares this weekend.
Mrs Cody said she had sent out emails to everyone in the area, urging them to take extra care of their pets.
Meanwhile, a bruised and bloodied Hamish is expected to recover.