Calf dead after shocking dog attack near Warwick CBD
A HORRIFIC dog attack has left one calf dead and one owner fearing for public safety.
Glen Whitton owns an eight hectare plot on the banks of the Condamine in Churchill Dr, only a couple of hundred metres from Warwick's most popular walking track.
This morning he was called by concerned neighbours, who reported seeing two domestic dogs attacking his herd of young cattle at the property.
"It was about 5am and they told me they heard the commotion and could see two dogs; a pig dog and a brown cattle dog, and what appeared to be a badly injured calf," he said.
"I jumped straight in the car and came over - when I got here the dogs had gone and there was one calf dead."
Mr Whitton said even at that time of day there were people out walking in the area.
"I hate to think what might have happened if they had have tried to attack a person," he said.
"These dogs would have been so hyped up and to attack an animal like this, who knows what else they might try?"
Mr Whitton said he tried to locate the dogs, but to no avail.
He reported the incident to Southern Downs Regional Council, but feared the dogs would return to have another go.
"Hopefully we can get some cage traps in case they do come back," he said.
"Council can deal with them from there."
With fences broken by panicked animals during the attack, plus the dead calf and having to pay someone to remove it, Mr Whitton is out of pocket about $600.
"It's a bit scary that there are dogs like this in town," he said.
"And that their owners haven't taken the responsibility to keep them locked up.
"These calves are only about five to six months old, they're so quiet and friendly and this poor little bloke has suffered some horrific injuries to his face and throat.
"He would be probably three times the size of those dogs.
"I'm sure the owners of those dogs wouldn't like this sort of thing happening to their animals."
Four calves escaped during the attack and one other calf was also showing signs of shock and minor injuries.
Anyone who has any information about the dogs can call Southern Downs Regional Council on 1300697372.