Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

It Could Be a Child Next Warning after Dog Attack; 'That Could Be Some Kid Playing in Their Backyard, They're So Fast'

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

It Could Be a Child Next Warning after Dog Attack; 'That Could Be Some Kid Playing in Their Backyard, They're So Fast'

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Byline: Jarrard Potter dailyexaminer.com.au

IN the space of half an hour Norman Gray's kids went from playing with their nan's young dog Lucy to saying their goodbyes after she was killed by a pack of wild dogs.

"The kids have been in tears, they're just shattered," Mr Gray said.

"Lucy meant so much to them, and she was such a nice dog and to see her attacked like this, it's horrific."

The brazen attack on the property on Sheehans Ln is the latest in a series of reported wild dog sightings and attacks on kangaroos, chickens and ducks in the area.

The attack happened when Lucy went outside to investigate noises coming from Mr Gray's mother-in-law Ann North's chicken coop. Five wild dogs circled Lucy before they savaged and killed her, in an attack that only lasted minutes.

Ms North witnessed the attack and called Mr Gray in distress for help, but by the time he arrived it was too late to save Lucy.

"I tried to get there as fast as I could, but it was just too late," he said.

Mr Gray said he feared if something wasn't done about the wild dogs soon, these attacks could get worse.

"They're getting so brazen," he said.

"That could be some kid playing in their backyard, they're so fast and quick a parent wouldn't have time to save them.

"These dogs are organised and know how to hunt and kill prey. These dogs are killers, they're in a pack and they've got the taste of blood. This time it happened to be the dog, but it's too close to comfort for me. What if it was the kids?"

Local Land Services team leader Dean Chamberlain said wild dogs are a constant problem throughout the Clarence Valley.

"They're pretty widespread and travel quite long distances," he said.

"There's generally quite large numbers of dogs in the valley and we are working with landholders all the time on control programs."

Dogs are entering into their breeding season, and Mr Chamberlain said attacks on domestic dogs can increase around this time of year as a result. …

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