Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Woman Stranded in Dog Attack

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Woman Stranded in Dog Attack

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Kim Waters

kim.waters@dailymercury.com.au

MACKAY Regional Council is warning pet owners to act responsibly after the owner of a guide dog was left stranded on the road when her dog was attacked recently.

Cr Laurence Bonaventura said at a meeting yesterday that the council received 158 reports last month of barking, stray or aggressive dogs.

A council report showed the number of impounded dogs and cats increased significantly in February, rising from 56 to 76 dogs and 17 to 20 impounded cats compared with January figures.

Cr Bonaventura described the statistics as C[pounds sterling]disappointingC[yen].

C[pounds sterling]ICOm calling on the public to do the right thing,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]Make sure that when dogs are in publicC* theyCOre restrained.

C[pounds sterling]Council staff is out there and we definitely will enforce those penalties if people do the wrong thing.C[yen]

Guide Dogs Queensland chief executive officer Chris Laine backed the councilCOs call for greater responsibility. …

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