PETITION: Killer dogs cause fear within rural township
DOZENS of attacks involving killer dogs have Glenwood residents too scared to take their pets for a walk.
Barbara Sullivan estimates there have been about 50 attacks involving wild dogs in the Glenwood area since the start of the year.
She hopes the Fraser Coast Regional Council will act quickly to address the issue.
Yesterday she told the council about the ongoing issue in the rural township, presenting a petition signed by 207 people during the public participation portion of the council meeting, held at Glenwood Community Hall yesterday.
Ms Sullivan said she had spoken to people in the community about what they had witnessed after becoming aware of the issue.
While 50 attacks was shocking enough, she was sure there were many more incidents that had never come to light.
"I would say there any many we don't hear about," she said.
She said she hoped the council would devote extra man hours, or possibly employ a full-time animal controller, to monitoring the situation in Glenwood and other outlying areas.
People were concerned not only about their livestock and pets, but for their own safety.
One resident had been attacked dogs while walking her Cavalier King Charles spaniel and had been forced to fend them off to save her pet.
Ms Sullivan fears that people are abandoning their dogs, letting them roam and become wild, because they can't afford them.
The dogs then contribute to an ever-growing problem.
The council accepted Ms Sullivan's petition yesterday and will investigate her concerns.
Glenwood is far from the only Fraser Coast township facing the threat of roaming dogs.
In March, six attacks were reported at Takura when two dogs were seen terrorising livestock at properties across the area.
Phil Donnelly told the Chronicle six of his goats, which he had hand-raised, had been killed in a vicious mauling attack by dogs that had been roaming the area.
One of Mr Donnelly's neighbours had lost 16 sheep, while a further nine were killed at another property.
In another incident, goats and a dog were injured.