A SPATE of dog attacks on kangaroos and wallaroos in the Forest Hills Estate area has sparked fears a dangerous animal could be roaming free.
WIRES Central Northern NSW chairwoman Jae Price said she was called out to the estate three times in as many days because of animals that had been attacked and suffered “horrific” injuries, most recently last Friday morning when a woman found a young wallaroo dead on her verandah with head injuries.
Ms Price was first called out because of a dead kangaroo in the same area on Wednesday, and again on Thursday for an animal with a broken tail.
The woman who found the dead animal on her verandah told Ms Price she’d earlier been confronted by a dog at her front door, and the owners of the property where the first kangaroo was found had reportedly seen a dog hanging around.
It was not unusual for dogs to chase kangaroos, she said, but this level of aggression was more uncommon.
“It’s not acceptable we have dogs out there killing animals. It’s only a matter of time before they kill a child,” she said.
Ms Price notified Tamworth Regional Council of the incidents last week and said she had since identified the dog.
Tamworth Regional Council acting environment and health manager Ross Briggs said the matter was still under investigation.
Aside from Ms Price’s information, he said, the council had received no other reports or complaints.
Mr Briggs said the council could take action if there were witnesses to the attacks who were willing to provide statements.
Otherwise, he said, the council could speak to the owners of the dog suspected to be responsible and ask them to take measures to ensure their pet was kept secure.
Local councils have a legal duty to take steps to ensure they are aware of any dangerous dogs in their area; their law enforcement officers have powers to seize dogs when control requirements have not been complied with.
A dog is classified as dangerous when it has attacked or killed a person or animal without provocation, repeatedly threatened to attack or repeatedly chased a person or animal, or is kept or used for the purposes of hunting.
Anyone who finds an injured animal can call WIRES on 1300 131 554.