Several chooks mauled in shocking dog attack
WHEN Vicky Robinson went to check on her prized poultry in her Lyndhurst Lane backyard, the last thing she expected to see was a severed head and one leg remaining.
Mrs Robinson said she was almost sick to the stomach when she noticed three golden Wyandottes and four silver were missing - murdered by what she believed were dogs.
She said her neighbours had complained of a couple of dogs wandering the area on other occasions and felt "it had to be someone's pet".
"I normally put them in a metal pen of a night time, but on this day I left them in the gazebo and the dog has dug under and gotten into it," Mrs Robinson said.
All that was left in the pen was a rooster, two pullets and some remains of her award-winning chickens.
Mrs Robinson said while it could have been worse, losing seven of her chooks meant she would not be able to show them in the upcoming Stanthorpe Agricultural Society Poultry Club Annual Show where she has claimed the Champion Wyandottes ribbon two years in a row.
"I don't breed a lot of chickens so I doubt I will be able to attend the big show in Stanthorpe that's coming up."
Mrs Robinson and her husband Warren agreed something needed to be done about dogs roaming the streets.
"People cannot let their dogs roam without restraints," Mr Robinson said.
"They need to be chained up on their property."
Mrs Robinson said if the dogs were capable of getting into their yard and digging beneath a metal gazebo, they could be capable of much more.
"What worries me is that what if it happened to be an elderly lady walking her small dog and these dogs decided to attack?" she said.
Neighbours to one side of their property have also had all of their chickens killed in dog attacks.
Other bordering neighbours have alleged a large white Alsatian/wolfhound cross and a smaller dog were seen roaming the street just days before the Robinsons' chickens were taken.
Southern Downs Regional Council environmental services manager Tim O'Brien urged the public to report all dog attacks to the council on 4661 0300 so they could be properly investigated.