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.
* Man dies after a dog pack mauling
"Don't people have shotguns in these outlying towns. Just blow these mongrels to H and back."
"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