Family's pet dog mauled to death: 'Council did nothing'
A TOOWOOMBA father was yesterday contemplating how to tell his three-year-old daughter Abby why their beloved family pet dog wasn't coming when called.
Andrew Bliesner said his eight-year-old staffy Roxy had been attacked twice in the past six months by the same dogs in the Centenary Heights neighbourhood.
The second attack on Sunday afternoon proved fatal.
Despite reporting the earlier attack in July to the Toowoomba Regional Council, no action had been taken and he believed the same dogs were responsible for the Sunday attack.
"I got a call from the vet about 4.10pm saying it was my dog that had been brought in," Mr Bliesner said.
"Then the next call was after 9pm when the vet said her (Roxy's) breathing was getting worse and she had died."
Mr Bliesner followed the council's policy regarding dog attacks.
He said a council officer had attended his property on both occasions and had taken photos.
"The council did investigate the first incident in July, but as far as I know, nothing has come of it," Mr Bliesner said.
"The dogs are still there and now this attack."
Mr Bliesner, a rostered shift-worker, said Roxy had been looked after by his mother Sibilla Bliesner, for about three years.
He said he had concerns about whether the dogs would only attack other dogs, or if a person would be bitten next.
"At the end of the day, I fear for my daughter when she is in the back yard," he said.
"I do fear for my children's safety, and the dogs have approached mum outside her house. What will it take before they (the council) do something?"
Investigations are ongoing.
Councillor Sue Englart said the council treated all reported dog attacks seriously.
"An animal management officer responded immediately when an incident was reported to council's after hours service, just after 6pm on Sunday," she said.
"The officer followed the established dog attack investigation procedures, gathering as much information on the incident at the time and ensuring that animals were effectively contained.
"As the investigation is continuing, no further comment can be provided at this stage."
Cr Englart said the council had followed its guidelines regarding Mr Bliesner's previous complaint this year outlined under the State Government's Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act.