Monday, May 30, 2016
CROYDON, VICTORIA AU - A DOG DESCRIBED AS A "TERRIER" OR POSSIBLY A "BULL TERRIER" RAN ONTO THE RACETRACK AND ATTACKED A HORSE BEING TRAINED
A TRAINER whose horse was mauled by a dog at a Croydon racetrack says dreams of a professional racing career have been put on hold indefinitely. Janet Dunn said her horse Tina, 3, was training at Croydon Light Harness Club at Eastfield Park on Friday morning when the dog ran onto the track and attacked it.The dog bit Tina on the chest and pulled off a large chunk of skin, which will take weeks to heal.
“The dog was running along the fence line on Eastfield Rd and all of a sudden entered the track via the gate,” Ms Dunn said. “It all happened pretty quickly and we think it was a terrier but don't know if it was a BULL TERRIER or not."
The dog was wearing a half muzzle and was picked up by a man on a bike, who claimed not to be its owner. Ms Dunn said she was training Tina to run professionally but it was unclear if she would race at all.
“We had another incident 18 months ago where she ripped her knee open and this has added to that,” Ms Dunn said. “Horses can be spooked easily and we will have to wait and see how she reacts to things when she’s fully recovered.”
Ms Dunn said she had contacted police, who had referred her to Maroondah Council.
“The biggest worry is if a dog can do this to a horse, what would it do to a child or even an adult?” she said. “I would like to see patrols increased in the area and I’d also like the dog owner to take some responsibility for having their dog off the lead — they need to accept they have a dangerous dog and do something before something happens to someone else.”
Maroondah Council Mayor Natalie Thomas said council officers were investigating the complaint and would determine what action would be taken. Cr Thomas said 15 non serious dog attack infringements were issued last year, and three this year. The council also successfully prosecuted two people for serious dog attacks last year.