[First filed: Oct 25, 2010 @ 11:47]
[Photo of Ameristralian’s injuries]
A friend of mine had two savage stray dogs one a pit bull and the other a mastiff cornered in her backyard yesterday by the dog controllers.
The two controllers were unable to get a hold of the dogs and the police were called in to shoot the dog.
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My friend tells me they shot about 14 bullets into the dogs and 1 enterd their back window.
Seems a bit overboard and also dangerous considering people were inside the house. Apparently these two dogs had been on the loose attacking people all day.
UPDATE – JB: Riot Reader “Ameristralian” has sent in the above pic of injury sustained in the West Belconnen canine reign of terror. The AFP have now put out a media release:
ACT Policing will interview the owners of two large dogs which were responsible for three separate attacks across Belconnen yesterday (Sunday, October 24) and had to be shot by officers.
The two large dogs, a 60kg black Mastiff and a 35kg tan pitbull-Staffordshire cross, had been the subject of several reports to ACT Domestic Animal Services yesterday.
About 2.15pm, a female with two toddlers was attacked by two dogs in Crowley Place, Charnwood. She received a bite to her elbow but managed to fend off the animals.
Around half an hour later, a 30-year-old female was attacked in the same street, suffering a bite to her inner thigh. She attended a doctor this morning for treatment and may require plastic surgery at a later date.
About 3.15pm a pregnant woman was attacked by the same two dogs in Shakespeare Crescent, Fraser, resulting in a bite to her thigh and large bruise to her wrist. It is not known whether she has sought medical treatment.
Around 9.30pm police responded to a call for assistance by an ACT Domestic Animal Services officer regarding two savage dogs that had been located in Macgregor. The dogs matched the description involved in the three separate dog attacks from earlier in the day.
The ACT DAS officer had managed to corral the two dogs at the end of a sealed “battleaxe” driveway in Macgregor but due to the size and high aggression of the animals, was unable to catch them with his noose pole.
Police attended the location and through a significant concern for the safety of the public should the dogs manage to escape, the officers made a decision to use their firearms to shoot the dogs.
The Officer in Charge of Belconnen Police Station, Sergeant Matt Corbitt, said that if the dogs had escaped again during the hours of darkness, there was significant potential for them to injure people again.
“Given the injuries sustained by people from attacks earlier in the day and that fact that these aggressive animals were able to avoid capture from an animal handler, police believe these dogs presented unacceptable risk to the community and had to be destroyed,” Sgt Corbitt said.
Police believe that other people may have encountered these two dogs roaming in the Belconnen area during the day, and may have sustained bites or other injuries. If any members of the public in the Belconnen area had an encounter with an aggressive dog such as that described above, or suffered an injury as a result of a dog attack yesterday (Sunday, October 24), they are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.