Animal Control response on hold

Last updated 16:58 25/01/2013

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Action on Monday’s dog attack in South New Brighton Domain which put a 27 year old woman in hospital is on hold until all relevant evidence is collected, city animal control boss Mark Vincent said.

‘‘Statements still need to be obtained from the victim of the attack,’’ he said.

The dog owners had not voluntarily disposed of the dogs.

Kyla Strahl and her partner were walking their Labrador at 9.15 am.

Mr Vincent said as they approached their property at toward the end of their walk their dog barked at dogs in the property next door.

Ms Strahl’s friend called their dog and as he did, the two dogs from the neighbouring address broke through the boundary gate and attacked their Labrador.

The two attacking dogs were described as a black dog and the other, brindle, possibly pit bull/staffy terrier type dogs.

The friend reacted by grabbing the aggressive black dog’s collar to restrain it.

Ms Stahl grabbed the other dog, a brindle coloured, by the collar to restrain it which resulted in the animal biting her on both wrists.

She received suffered severe bites to her lower arms, arm and wrists.

The attacking dogs were now secured at the address where they live, Mr Vincent said.

 The latest attack was not related to an earlier attack Thursday week ago on New Brighton beach, he said.

‘‘This is an isolated incident.''

Both attacks are similar, in that both injured parties intervened in the victim dog attack and as a result suffered dog bite injuries.

‘‘These are not premeditated, random attacks on people.’’

He said current dog control legislation was ‘‘more than adequate’’ to deal with both these cases.

‘‘Council has robust investigative processes when dealing with dog attacks. It has community duty to ensure a full and proper investigation has been completed into every dog attack.''

Where enforcement action was justified, council had the power to take the necessary action to prevent harm or injury to any person.

Both dogs were currently registered with the council and the owner was granted a permit to keep two dogs at this address, he said.

There was no evidence on council files of previous or similar offences

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