Call for information on serious dog attack

Published on 31 January 2020

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Horsham Rural City Council (HRCC) is calling for public information about a horrific dog attack in Horsham on Friday.

Senior Community Safety Officer Jason Brady said the attack happened outside 137 Natimuk Road Horsham about 7am.

“The victim was walking her pet greyhound on a lead when the greyhound was attacked by two tan and white dogs of medium to solid build. As a result, the greyhound is receiving veterinary treatment for life-threatening injuries,” Mr Brady said.

“The owner of the offending dogs fled the scene, despite several appeals from the owner of the injured dog for assistance.

“These offending dogs crossed from the median strip on Natimuk Road.  They were being walked by a male in a white shirt with a red baseball cap on backwards, he was described as mid-to-late-30s and about 170 cm tall.

“A female with him was walking a small fox terrier tan and white she was described as largish, solid with brown frizzy hair and a blue top.

“The offending owners in question had the dogs down at the weir area prior to the attack and then walked along Barnes Boulevard and ended up on Natimuk Road.

“The injuries were horrific and the dog is still in surgery,” he said. 

Mr Brady said people with information should call the Community Safety Unit on (03) 53829777.

“Council takes all reported dog attacks very seriously and we are investigating the circumstances around this attack,” he said.

“It would be really useful if eye witnesses in those areas at the time could get in touch with us to provide their account of what happened.

“These sorts of incidents can have a severe impact on the community and we urge all residents to be responsible pet owners,” Mr Brady said.

In Horsham, any dog being exercised in public must be on a leash.

Dogs can be exercised off-lead in the following local reserves and parks but must remain under effective control and continual supervision.

  • Weir Park, Barnes Blvd
  • Jenkinson Reserve, Baillie St (unfenced)
  • Langlands Park, Houston St
  • Lions Park, Plant Ave
  • Natimuk Rd
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