Ballajura dog attack sparks fears for children and pet safety

Elyse Stonehill said the owner of the dog who attacked her pet refused to pay the vet bills.
Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d460036
Elyse Stonehill said the owner of the dog who attacked her pet refused to pay the vet bills. Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d460036

A DOG attack resulting in a neck injury and trauma has sparked fears for children and pet safety in Ballajura.

Resident Elyse Stonehill’s cocker spaniel cross, Toby, was attacked by a neighbour’s german shepherd on September 20.

Ms Stonehill (71), who lives on Bluejay Gardens, said Toby required veterinary treatment worth $217.64 and he was still receiving antibiotics for the injury.

Ms Stonehill said she thought a car hit her 13-year-old dog and was shocked to find out it was another dog.

“The owner of this dog came and called the dog, took it inside and shut the door,” she said.

Nick Bennett, who helped Ms Stonehill walk her dog, said he saw the attack.

“He grabbed him by the throat, mauling him… I tried to pick the dog (other dog) up but that is when his leash came off and loosened because I would have caught him but the dog could have attacked me,” he said.

Ms Stonehill said she asked the dog owner to pay the vet fees but the owner refused.

City of Swan acting chief executive Mark Bishop said the City issued enforcement notices on the dog owner for infringement for dog attack causing physical injury with a modified $400 penalty.

Mr Bishop said the City also issued a notice of caution for a dog in a public place without a lead.

The City of Swan administers the Dog Act 1976.