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Dog attacked a roo in Ainslie this morning

By 21 June 2013 48

A little after 8 this morning a solid largeish black dog was chasing a kangaroo from O’Connell Street park area toward the Ainslie shops – the roo (a very large grey) slipped and fell heavily on the road in front of my car, in Cox Street, and the dog bit its hindquarter. Roo managed to get up again and went on toward Wakefield Gardens with the dog continuing to attack it.

It happened too quickly to take a photo.

The dog was some kind of very heavyset probable crossbreed (I can’t find the identical dog through a google image search), mostly black with some white around the neck. It was very upsetting to see.

If anyone knows which reprobate owns this dog, please report it.

It could be a child being attacked next time.

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48 Responses to Dog attacked a roo in Ainslie this morning
#1
Faeriefyre11:00 am, 21 Jun 13

Seriously?
Just because it was chasing a roo – which has the pheromones of “prey”… and was running from him – it could/would now attack a child??
sure, the dog shouldn’t be allowed on a street alone as it is – because a car hitting the dog with a child watching the whole thing – is really, REALLY upsetting..
But just because it attacked something running from it that smelt like meat – kangaroo – different smell than child… it doesn’t mean it’s going to attack the next child it sees…

#2
Katietonia11:16 am, 21 Jun 13

Faeriefyre said :

Seriously?
Just because it was chasing a roo – which has the pheromones of “prey”… and was running from him – it could/would now attack a child??
sure, the dog shouldn’t be allowed on a street alone as it is – because a car hitting the dog with a child watching the whole thing – is really, REALLY upsetting..
But just because it attacked something running from it that smelt like meat – kangaroo – different smell than child… it doesn’t mean it’s going to attack the next child it sees…

I agree… I don’t know many dogs that wouldn’t chase a roo if it was right in front of them, big or small.

My first assumption (might be wrong) would be that someone was walking their dog off lead and then fled when it saw the roo. This is the real issue here if that was the case. I wouldn’t say they are the scum of the earth because their dog did what it was bred to do (chasing prey). I also agree that prey and humans for most dogs would not behave the same way.

I’d like to imagine that the owner was as horrified as yourself by this event, as I would be.

Dogs should be on the lead but in my experience most of the people walking dogs in my area do not have them on a lead. It’s a real issue for me as I have two large rescue dogs that were not socialised when young. They don’t get along well with other dogs. I walk them on the lead but other dogs run up to them because they are not and it’s very stressful. I’ve taken to walking them after 10pm to try and avoid people with their dogs off leads now. OK sure, let your poodle run up and bite at the feet of the two rottweilers I am handling.. Some.. people..

#3
Aeek11:27 am, 21 Jun 13

Most people’s dogs are just interested in running after roos, they’re not trying to catch them.
Just like most people’s dogs don’t go around killing other pets, farm live stock and so on.
Most people see this sort of thing as a problem.

#4
Masquara11:30 am, 21 Jun 13

There was no owner anywhere in sight. It was a vicious looking dog, and anyone who says that an out of control dog whose owner hasn’t secured it in a back yard doesn’t pose a threat to children walking in the vicinity is plain wrong.

#5
GardeningGirl11:49 am, 21 Jun 13

If it was being walked it should return when called, no possibility of it running off so far that you can’t see the owner and that the owner can’t see it, and if it won’t come when called it absolutely shouldn’t be off the lead. If it wasn’t being walked why was it outside running around attacking wildlife and interfering with traffic. We can’t say for sure it will attack a child next but we can’t say it won’t, or it won’t end up in the paddocks going after livestock, who wants to find out? I’d be concerned, not to mention upset, if I saw that too!

#6
johnboy12:01 pm, 21 Jun 13

Firstly we’re talking about Ainslie.

There’s a strong culture of off lead walking there. You feel like a cruel freak having a dog on a lead.

Second we’re talking about a roo.

There’s hardly a dog in the world who will hear a word their owner says when they’re chasing one.

Thirdly, it’s ainslie kangaroos.

The owner could have let their dog out into the backyard for a morning wee when the whole thing kicked off. (it happened to me once)

#7
JazzyJess12:16 pm, 21 Jun 13

Call Canberra Connect and ask to be put through to the ranger. Report everything you saw. Maybe they’ll take it seriously and maybe they won’t. I, for one, am concerned by what you’ve reported. Yes dogs are prey animals but if this dog was loose and attacking another animal it is a community safety concern.

#8
watto232:01 pm, 21 Jun 13

Masquara said :

There was no owner anywhere in sight. It was a vicious looking dog, and anyone who says that an out of control dog whose owner hasn’t secured it in a back yard doesn’t pose a threat to children walking in the vicinity is plain wrong.

You are still drawing a long bow here. Dogs and children are different. Some dogs will have never seen a roo, yet have seen people and children all the time. Guess what they see a roo and they chase it!!

The dog shouldn’t have been out, but occasionally people make mistakes like not locking a gate properly or maybe the dog bolted out of the front door and the owners were looking for them. So to jump to your conclusions says a lot more about you and your quick to judge nature than the owner who may be genuinely upset this happened. By all means if the owner is at fault here then fine, but you have no idea about anything other than what you saw.

#9
bundah2:44 pm, 21 Jun 13

johnboy said :

Firstly we’re talking about Ainslie.

There’s a strong culture of off lead walking there. You feel like a cruel freak having a dog on a lead.

Second we’re talking about a roo.

There’s hardly a dog in the world who will hear a word their owner says when they’re chasing one.

Thirdly, it’s ainslie kangaroos.

The owner could have let their dog out into the backyard for a morning wee when the whole thing kicked off. (it happened to me once)

You can’t possibly leave us hanging,did your dog nip him?

#10
johnboy2:45 pm, 21 Jun 13

Dog and roo were over the fence with me running far, far behind.

as is usual the roo got away in the end/

#11
bundah2:51 pm, 21 Jun 13

johnboy said :

Dog and roo were over the fence with me running far, far behind.

as is usual the roo got away in the end/

Not surprised for roo’s have been clocked at 70km/h in short bursts and can average between 40 to 50 for almost 2 clicks

#12
Loxmyf2:58 pm, 21 Jun 13

If the cull could go ahead there wouldn’t be kangaroos in Ainslie to be the target of overenthusiastic mutts.

#13
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd3:11 pm, 21 Jun 13

Masquara, your description is crap. How do you suppose anyone report the owner from a black face with white neck?
Why not use your magic google map skills that you found a tree that someone was talking about cutting down(and is cut down now)?

Have you ever even owned a dog? You do not seem to understand their nature at all.

#14
Pitchka3:32 pm, 21 Jun 13

So what, a dog chased a PITA roo down a local road…. Cry me a fricken river…

All that was missing was for a semi to come the other way and finish off the roo.

#15
DrKoresh3:44 pm, 21 Jun 13

These feral dogs are killing our native fauna. Where’s the self-righteousness and the ‘ra ra’s that these threads usually attract? So it’s evil when a cat kills a galah but it’s okay if Good Ol’ Rex kills a roo or two ’cause he’s a just a big, dumb, lovable dog? I just want to see some bloody consistency from you lot, that’s all.

#16
KB19713:47 pm, 21 Jun 13

Maybe the roo had your cashmere jumper after it wresled it beck from Mayor Rattenbury aand the dog saw this. The dogm being an Avid RA reader decided to chese the roo down and retrieve the jumper all in the name of civic justice……..

Am I close?

#17
Sandman3:52 pm, 21 Jun 13

I reckon we need a dog cull along with the Roo cull. Had a couple of determined looking mutts wandering around Dickson the other day. They just walked straight past me and through my open side gate. Good thing the kids weren’t out the back, my little girl is sh!t scared of strange dogs.

#18
FioBla4:02 pm, 21 Jun 13

No mention of incompetent Labor in this post. Can only assume that Masquara’s account has been hacked.

#19
caf4:16 pm, 21 Jun 13

FioBla said :

No mention of incompetent Labor in this post. Can only assume that Masquara’s account has been hacked.

I knew it was an imposter, because the real Masquara would never admit to visiting such a hotbed of infamy and Green-voting as Ainslie.

#20
La_Tour_Maubourg4:37 pm, 21 Jun 13

If a cat was caught tormenting native wildlife I’m sure people here would be suggesting to destroy the cat..

#21
KB19714:41 pm, 21 Jun 13

KB1971 said :

Maybe the roo had your cashmere jumper after it wresled it beck from Mayor Rattenbury aand the dog saw this. The dogm being an Avid RA reader decided to chese the roo down and retrieve the jumper all in the name of civic justice……..

Am I close?

Can you tell I typed this in a hurry and did not proof read?

#22
Thumper5:03 pm, 21 Jun 13

Bloody cats getting out and attacking and killing native wildlife.

They should all be shot on sight!

Oh wait….

#23
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd5:46 pm, 21 Jun 13

Comparing cats and dogs, and I apologise if those seems harsh, but comparing cats and dogs is effing retarded.

Dogs rarely will kill wildlife, while cats do it all over town on a daily basis.

Anecdotal evidence, does not win a argument and certainly does not rank on scientific stats.

#24
Pork Hunt6:15 pm, 21 Jun 13

My karma ran over my dogma…

#25
Thumper6:33 pm, 21 Jun 13

Comparing cats and dogs, and I apologise if those seems harsh, but comparing cats and dogs is effing retarded.

Oh I agree completely.

I mean, when was the last time a domestic house cat tore a child to pieces?

#26
Masquara7:27 pm, 21 Jun 13

Based purely on google image search, I would say the dog had something along the lines of pitbull and something along the lines of rottweiler in it. It had a massive head and jaw.

#27
Pork Hunt7:32 pm, 21 Jun 13

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Comparing cats and dogs, and I apologise if those seems harsh, but comparing cats and dogs is effing retarded.

Dogs rarely will kill wildlife, while cats do it all over town on a daily basis.

Anecdotal evidence, does not win a argument and certainly does not rank on scientific stats.

I’d like a source for that indiscriminate comma use…

#28
Holditz8:14 pm, 21 Jun 13

Word has it that Animal Liberation ACT and Australian Society for Kangaroos is applying for a court order for the dog to cease and desist in chasing kangaroos.

#29
poetix8:21 pm, 21 Jun 13

Masquara said :

Based purely on google image search, I would say the dog had something along the lines of pitbull and something along the lines of rottweiler in it. It had a massive head and jaw.

Two of my favourite breeds.

It is upsetting to see a kangaroo attacked like this, but very few dogs could avoid chasing a roo, whether chihuahua or Great Dane.

#30
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd8:42 pm, 21 Jun 13

Masquara said :

Based purely on google image search, I would say the dog had something along the lines of pitbull and something along the lines of rottweiler in it. It had a massive head and jaw.

You do realise how many different breeds of dogs you just described, right?

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