Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Threat of Dog Attack Lingers; Dog Owner Seeks Fair Go after Beloved Pet Mauled

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Threat of Dog Attack Lingers; Dog Owner Seeks Fair Go after Beloved Pet Mauled

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Byline: Jacob Carson Jacob.Carson@gympietimes.com

THE dogs living next door to Brett Davidson had caused problems for him in the past, but when he heard the sound of fighting, even he was shaken by what he saw.

The face of his German Shepard Chuck had been savagely torn by the neighbour's Pitbull and Bull Arab -- an injury so bad Mr Davidson thought Chuck might've been blinded.

"I managed to separate the dogs, but by the time I got there his face was an absolute mess -- I thought we had lost the eye," Mr Davidson said.

"After chasing the others away, I rushed him to the vet because he was in a really bad way."

Chuck pulled through, but not without complications -- his initial stitches ripped requiring another procedure, and his owners say the trauma has had a deeper impact as well.

"He really isn't the same dog any more," Brett said.

"There's a definite change, he's not as happy and as energetic as he used to be."

With a vet bill in the hundreds of dollars to be paid, Mr Davidson had originally hoped to get the owners of the attacking dogs to cover the costs, to no avail. …

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