City of Joondalup penalty for dog attack not enough says victim

City of Joondalup penalty for dog attack not enough says victim

A WOODVALE resident was dismayed to learn a dog – that attacked her with such ferocity she thought she was going to die – was not put down after she reported it to the City of Joondalup.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said she was at a Casey Court home in Craigie on June 15 when the resident’s pitbull launched at her without warning.

She contacted the Weekender to share her story, concerned at the number of Perth dog attacks she had heard about recently.

“It hit me like a brick wall; I thought I was going to die,” she said. “This dog needs to be put down; if it gets out on the loose, it’s going to kill someone.”

The victim said the dog didn’t stop until residents at the home pulled the pet off her.

She recalled it mauled her in four places including deep wounds to her arms and chin.

The attack left her needing emergency surgery, resulting in stitches and nerve damage to her face.

“I know people love their dogs, I’m compassionate,” she said. “But if it’s a child (next), it’s going to kill.”

The woman’s husband was so concerned he put up flyers around the neighbourhood warning people of the animal after the attack.

City of Joondalup chief executive Garry Hunt confirmed the City had dealt with the matter.

The City fined the owner and declared the canine a dangerous dog, which Mr Hunt considered a “sufficient measure to prevent any further attacks occurring”.

The dog was impounded while officers investigated the matter.

“With no previous dog control incidents or records of previous attacks, and given the incident occurred on private property, the City declared the animal a dangerous dog, which requires the dog to be confined to private premises, or if out in public to wear a muzzle, a dangerous dog collar and to be controlled by an adult,” he said.

“The City also issued infringements to the owner for the attack and for having an unregistered dog.”

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