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    Hey Ya'll ,havent been round for a while, still lurk every know and then, thought this might be interesting reading from the NT, fairly common as well.

    Are these dogs more susceptible to attack because of breed, or the way they are raised??

    RESIDENTS in a Territory town are being terrorised by packs of dogs hospitalising up to three people a week.

    The Department of Health yesterday confirmed that 27 people had been hospitalised in Tennant Creek Hospital as a result of dog attacks since December 1 last year. Packs with as many as ten dogs have been spotted roaming the town.

    It is believed the dogs are being bought into the towns by owners from communities where there is little or no regulations outlining dog ownership. The dogs are then ditched on arrival to the town.

    Resident Irene Freestone was mauled by two dogs on October 12 last year as she attended a yard of a home at Mulga Camp near the town's outskirts for work. She has now returned to work - but for only four hours a day - after the dogs shredded her legs.

    Her screams of help were eventually heard by a nearby construction worker who faught the dogs off her with a shovel. Ms Freestone said she could barely walk and was bandaged up after the attack. The dogs were destroyed, but Ms Freestone said she was disgusted the owners of the dogs recieved just a fine.

    "I thought my time was up," she said. "When I was lying there in a pool of my own blood, the dogs going mad on my legs, I thought I was going to die.
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    "I'm just so glad that construction worker saw me," she said.

    "I can never forget (the owners), these have been my darkest days, I am only just now coming out of my depression, and all he got was a $240 fine," she said.

    Chief executive of the Barkly Shire, David Shoobridge said the council was mounting an "intensified campaign" against the dogs.

    "Our rangers are out collecting dogs who are out roaming the streets, who are what we officially call out-of-control, and then they're impounded and then if we cant trace the owner, after about four days they're euthanised if they don't have an identified owner," he said

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    dingos will attack people if they think they can get away with it. They had to do a cull on Fraser island and get serious about stopping tourists from feeding the dogs, deliberately or accidentally.

    I found the dingos around Uluru to be um very interested in my lunch. I would not like to have looked injured or weak to them.

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    I don't think these dogs are Dingoes. I think they are "pets" that people let wander around and do what they please, these "pets" I am sure are probably not neutered/spayed and they probably mate with each other and possibly the dingoes/wild dogs and the population gets bigger, more strays and they end up prowling around in packs attacking people. They are starting to have similar problems in America in certain areas as well. There was a show on Foxtel a while back about it. Can't remember what it was called.

    It is sad but they only way to stop people from getting attacked is to euthanize all the dogs roaming and start really enforcing laws in the town with regards to dog ownership. Things such as if you don't want to be responsible then your pet is seized, desexed and hopefully rehomed (even if they have to move it out of town) should be happening.

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    Hey there Nomad! Great to hear from you ! Hope all is well up there

    These dogs are such inbred/crossbred packs that have had little to most having had none socialisation that IMO I would simply class them as wild dog packs. I think culling ( humanely) is really the only working answer.And thats only short term becuase with the areas spoken of the problem is going to continue.

    Its a tough call this one. But in all reality heavy culling is needed and some form of regs put in place re owning a dog in those area ,problem with that being is it wont be worth the paper its written on *sigh*
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    I visted several communities in APY lands a few years back. They all had large communities of feral dogs living with them. Sometimes individual dogs would be adopted by indivuals for varying lengths of time, but they weren't really "owned" and there were zero vet services as far as desexing went.

    I can well imagine the dog of the week getting a ride in to town, and being left to fend for itself and if it wasn't there when the transport went back to the community, it would stay in town just to fend for itself.

    There were plenty of "cheeky pappas" ie dogs who bite. Some of them weren't very big tho eg jack russell size.

    In Athens they desex their wild dogs, and vaccinate them and put a special collar on the dog to indicate it's been "done"... and they become like community dogs. I guess that's part of their culture.

    In Oz, it's usually up to the local council to deal with unwanted dogs. There's nothing much stopping the outback communities from just shooting them.

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    This is just going to happen again and I know the dogs end up like wild dogs but that is the so called owners fault.It is very sad that it is happening and nothing apart from killing the dogs is done.

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    These dogs live on their own, they don't get desexed or looked after, they breed among themselves, nobody helps with puppies... they don't have owners.

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    Hey Chop, all good here, hope you and yours are doing well. Been a while hey.

    This is a huge problem that isnt going to go away until action is taken, authorities go into these communinties to take action, but are forced back as these dogs are pets, and the owners act the same way as we most people would, they protect there family, they are very protective.So its not a matter of just a pack of dogs roaming wild, people dont have fences in these places, there is no confinement, so these dogs are free to roam and breed and in essence become wild dogs, who are pets, if that makes sense.
    Chop hit the nail on the head, this problem aint gunna go away soon, councils have tried, new regs have come in, but who is there to police and enforce them, 300km's from any services. I live in the rural area of darwin, only 35k's from the centre, we have only just in the last 2 months had regs come in from our shire, but dogs are still roaming, the shire is to big to police, so alot of owners need to take it into there own hands and take care of nuisance dogs there own way.
    For me, as always, my main priority is to keep scoobs safe and that means containing him on my property. It astounds me that owners dont have the respect and love for there dogs to just let them roam, and then have the hide to whinge if they are shot or run over, or taken to the pound or are run over or lost or neighbors complain!!!!

    Its not hard really is it?

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    Dogs were already roaming the streets of Tennant Creek when I went through there nearly 35 years ago.
    I did see one very smart dog: it barked at a wobbly drunken man.

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