SAFETY FEARS: Michelle Leighton, with her own dog, is furious neighbouring dogs first killed her cat and then nearly attacked her grandson.
SAFETY FEARS: Michelle Leighton, with her own dog, is furious neighbouring dogs first killed her cat and then nearly attacked her grandson. Warren Lynam

Roaming killer dogs at it again

MICHELLE Leighton's 15-year-old blind cat was mauled and killed six weeks ago, but the neighbours' dogs she said were responsible were allowed home to cause havoc again.

The Bokarina grandmother is fuming after the dogs came dangerously close on Tuesday to hurting her three-and-a-half-year-old grandson, Connor.

Ms Leighton said Sunshine Coast Council allowed the dogs to be returned to their owner after the first incident, but they were declared "menacing" and would require proper fencing.

This obviously didn't happen.

About 7.30am on Tuesday the dogs, one believed to be a bull mastiff cross and the other a younger, unknown breed, were roaming the streets again and made their way on to her property and into her house where her grandson was playing.

The incident came after the council revealed it had responded to "417 roaming or impound requests in the past two months".

Ms Leighton said she noticed the dogs coming towards the same veranda where she said they snatched her cat, Lily.

"I was trying to hold the dogs down at the door when the big dog jumped over and snapped at Connor," she said.

"I hit the dog in the face and managed to grab Connor."

She contacted the council which has taken the dogs into custody pending an investigation.

A council spokeswoman confirmed the two dogs, which had been declared menacing, "have been impounded and investigations into the incident are under way".

The Daily has received graphic images showing the extent of Lily's injuries and also a letter from a vet confirming the incident.

However, the council did not have "sufficient evidence to proceed with a prosecution in relation to the animal attack". It did issue penalties for "the dog roaming at the time of the incident".

"The investigation into the incident earlier this week continues," a council spokeswoman said.

"The maximum penalty that can be imposed by the courts for a dog killing another animal is $11,385."


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