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Dog attacked a roo in Ainslie this morning

By Masquara - 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.

What’s Your opinion?


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Dog attacked a roo in Ainslie this morning
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Faeriefyre 11:00 am
21 Jun 13
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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…

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Katietonia 11:16 am
21 Jun 13
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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..

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Aeek 11:27 am
21 Jun 13
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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.

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Masquara 11:30 am
21 Jun 13
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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.

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GardeningGirl 11:49 am
21 Jun 13
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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!

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johnboy 12:01 pm
21 Jun 13
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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)

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JazzyJess 12:16 pm
21 Jun 13
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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.

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watto23 2:01 pm
21 Jun 13
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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.

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bundah 2:44 pm
21 Jun 13
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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?

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johnboy 2:45 pm
21 Jun 13
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Dog and roo were over the fence with me running far, far behind.

as is usual the roo got away in the end/

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bundah 2:51 pm
21 Jun 13
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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

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Loxmyf 2:58 pm
21 Jun 13
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If the cull could go ahead there wouldn’t be kangaroos in Ainslie to be the target of overenthusiastic mutts.

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Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 3:11 pm
21 Jun 13
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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.

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Pitchka 3:32 pm
21 Jun 13
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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.

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DrKoresh 3:44 pm
21 Jun 13
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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.

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