MORE than 220 savage dog attacks across the Geelong region have been reported to council in the past 15 months, as it emerges two of the most recent victims include a teen boy and a pet cavoodle.
The Geelong Advertiser can reveal two dogs have been seized by council and another is wanted after two separate, unprovoked attacks.
One resulted in a 13-year-old requiring medical treatment and the other with a traumatised owner seeing her dog mauled to death before her eyes.
Genevieve Gange hadn’t even sat down at the Olive Pit Cafe in Ocean Grove’s main street about 11am when her pet, Freddy — who was on a lead — was “viciously and violently” attacked by another dog.
“It was so fast. This dog lunged and shook him until he was dead ... It was terrible. I was in shock.,” she said.
Limp, struggling to breathe and with eyes rolling into the back of his head Ms Gange rushed Freddy to the vet where an Xray revealed a broken neck and back.
He had to be put down immediately.
“He went everywhere with me, he was my absolute companion and to be killed in front of my eyes like that was horrifying and so unfair,” Ms Gange said.
The dog responsible, believed to be a type of BULL TERRIER, was also with a malamute or husky type looking dog.
Ms Gange recalled both dogs sitting underneath an outdoor table occupied by THEIR MALE OWNER WHO LATER FLED THE SCENE.
“(The male owner) was trying to get his dog’s mouth open and he couldn’t even do that it was in such a frenzied attack. He had blood running down his arms,” Ms Gange said.
“I asked someone to get their contact details (as I rushed to the vet) ... and they just ditched the area and disappeared. No one knows where they are or who they were.”
The traumatised owner is calling on anyone with information that could assist the investigation to contact City of Greater Geelong.
COGG Local Laws Manager Steve Sodomaco said the incident was one of 51 reported to council so far this year following on from 175 in 2016.
In 2016, the 3214 postcode — encompassing Corio, Norlane and North Shore — had the highest amount of dog attacks reported to council with 19 in total.
The 3216 area — Highton, Belmont, Grovedale and Waurn Ponds — was second with 14, followed by 3219 — Newcomb, Whittington, St Albans — with 12.
A total of 68 dogs were seized last year as a result of said attacks, 11 of which were ordered to be put down following investigations by council.
In 2017, 22 dogs have been seized but none have been put down.
Two of the most recent taken into custody by authorities were a heeler cross and staffordshire labrador cross involved in an attack on a 13 year old boy at Fyans Park Primary School.
The teen victim was shooting hoops at about 7pm Friday when two dogs that had been let of their leads ran over and began to bite him repeatedly.
The boy was left shaken and with serious lacerations to his legs.
A recount of the incident was shared on a community Facebook page by the victim’s mother who expressed her disappointment at the owners decision to let the dogs run free and their “lack of care” shown for her injured son after the incident.
Mr Sodomaco said the majority of incidents reported to council relate to dogs attacking other dogs or animals and the most common breed involved is a STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER.
“Once a dog is seized the officer continues the investigation compiling a brief of evidence and provides a recommendation based on the evidence gathered,” he said.
The recommendation is then put before a magistrate who ultimately decides the fate of the dog however there is a process for appeal.
The breeds restricted in Victoria are American pit bull terrier crosses, dogo argentino, fila brasileiro, Japanese tosa and perro de presa canario.