ANOTHER ONE: 66 dog attacks too many this year
ANOTHER person has been injured in a dog attack on the Sunshine Coast, the 66th incident this year.
A 22-year-old man was discharged from Nambour General Hospital late on Monday after spending the night being treated for cuts to his cheek and ear.
The breed of dog that bit the man at Picnic Point was yet to be established as the attack had not been reported to the Sunshine Coast Council.
The council has issued a warning that staff are concerned about the deed, not the breed, when it comes to the increasing number of dog attacks cases in the region.
A german shepherd that bit an 82-year-old man at Little Mountain last Friday will be destroyed.
Half the man's calf muscle was torn off by the 10-year-old dog.
The New South Wales owners will be prosecuted because the dog has a history of three previous attacks.
In a separate incident, two dogs are still impounded as the council investigates the killing of a pomeranian-cross-mini fox terrier and a cat in a Buderim street. A third dog involved was euthanised.
Since January 1, the council has received 168 reports of dogs attacking other animals and 65 reports of attacks on people. Twenty-seven dogs have been classed as "dangerous" and 38 "menacing".
The owner of a dog that attacked a groundsman at Maroochydore Junior Rugby League Club, and the owner of two dogs that chased and mauled a jogger at Chevallum, will appear in court next week. Both those incidents happened in May.
The council said the court cases were clear indications of the real consequences of irresponsible pet ownership.
"Council does not blame the dogs for any of these incidents," a Sunshine Coast Council spokesman said.
"The responsibility rests with the owner."
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