Dog deliberately let out, says owner

David Fisher with Bear. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d405570
David Fisher with Bear. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d405570

Clare and David Fisher believe the access gate to their property was deliberately opened, allowing 18-month-old Bear to escape last Tuesday.

It is understood there have been a number of similar incidents, including one in Jane Brook recently.

Mr Fisher said he believed someone was letting dogs loose and advised residents to be vigilant.

‘Our gate was pushed in, not outwards, so it could not have been the dog,’ he said.

‘I think someone opened the gate and let her out because the gate was latched closed.’

Mr Fisher spoke to his neighbours for much of the night while searching for his dog, but was unsuccessful.

He said the Mundaring ranger delivered Bear home to her much-relieved owners the next day after finding her in Helena Valley.

‘We were so relieved and thankful to have Bear back but we are the lucky ones, not everyone is lucky enough to have their pet returned,’ Mr Fisher said.

Mr Fisher has warned local pet owners to lock their gates while they are away from home and to make sure their yards cannot be accessed |easily.

Shire of Mundaring chief executive Jonathan Throssell said all missing dogs should be reported to the shire, including suspected cases of theft.

‘This allows shire community safety rangers to check if a dog has been collected by rangers or a member of the public,’ he said.

‘If theft is suspected or witnessed, the shire will direct owners to file a report with the police.’

A Mundaring police spokeswoman said there had not been any reports made regarding stolen dogs or related criminal activity.

‘That is not to say that dogs are not being stolen in the area, but nothing has been reported to us at the time,’ she said.