Dog attacks boy, owners shrug

Gavin Halsey is angry that the owners of a dog that bit his son Cooper, 6, did not stay around to see if he was okay.
Gavin Halsey is angry that the owners of a dog that bit his son Cooper, 6, did not stay around to see if he was okay. Cade Mooney

A distressed six-year-old boy suffered a wound to his leg and was given a tetanus shot after an unprovoked attack by a terrier-like dog at Noosaville on Saturday afternoon.

And the boy’s father, Gavin Halsey, is still shaking his head in disgust at the callous disregard of the animal’s owners.

“They showed a total lack of compassion and were rude to my partner.

“They just left without asking how my son was,” Mr Halsey said.

Mr Halsey said his son Cooper had gone to the popular Noosa River parkland for an outing and a chance to ride a bike when the unrestrained dog struck sometime after 1.30pm.

He said Cooper never saw the small dog coming.

“This dog came from around 15 metres away in an aggressive manner,” Mr Halsey said.

And as upsetting as this was, the outcome could have been far more serious as there was a baby next to Cooper.

“If my son wasn’t between the infant and the dog I am sure it could have been a lot different,” he said.

“My partner approached these people and asked if they were aware that my son was bitten by their dog.

“In reply he shrugged his shoulders and said ‘what do you want me to do?’, then got into his car and left.”

He was possibly driving a white Suzuki.

Mr Halsey said the woman, who was dressed in a uniform for an aged care centre, was more intent on getting back to work, saying she could not be late.

“I just cannot believe that these two people showed complete lack of compassion and could leave a six-year-old little boy in distress after their dog attacked and bit him,” Mr Halsey said.

“All these people needed to do is offer assistance or at least say sorry and check or even ask if he was okay.

“But no, all they could offer is rudeness to a young mother.”

Mr Halsey said at least one woman, who witnessed the events, approached his partner and he believes there may be others.

Sunshine Coast council response services manager Ron Thomas said council was always keen to pursue reports of dog bites and if an offence could be proven, there were serious consequences for the owner.

“For a start, dogs in this area have to be on a lead; there is a $200 fine if they aren’t,” Mr Thomas said.

And he said a magistrate had the power to fine owners of dogs who bit someone anything between $1000 and $4000.

“We’ve had a $2500 fine for a bite on the leg,” Mr Thomas said.

Anyone who can provide information on this or other incidents should call 5441 8355.

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