Dogs attack pet birds
COUNCIL compliance officers responded quickly last week when they received a report that two dogs had attacked an elderly woman’s pet birds.
But for Maryborough 79-year-old Norma McGrath’s beloved cockatiel and budgie, it was too late.
Mrs McGrath returned home from shopping on Thursday afternoon to find her pets missing from her Pallas Street home.
She had left them in cages on a table in her carport but two dogs entered the carport and knocked the cages off the table before eating the birds.
A neighbour saw the dogs with the birds but it was too late to save them.
Mrs McGrath was so upset, her son Mark McGrath stayed with her on Thursday night.
“Mum was devastated,” he said.
“She’s been on her own since dad died and these birds were her life.
“They would talk to each other and greet mum when she got home.”
The two suspect dogs had been seen by other neighbours before the birds were attacked.
Neighbour Talitha received a huge fright when one of the animals entered her laundry and started walking up her back steps into her house.
“I thought I was dreaming when I heard the loud panting and then I saw its head,” she said.
“I couldn’t believe how comfortable it was to just come into my home. It even laid down under the trampoline while I called the council.”
Her main concern was the safety of her young daughter.
Another neighbour, Dawn, also saw the dogs roaming the street.
“Everyone accepts it if a dog gets out every now and then, but when it’s constant like this it’s not acceptable,” she said.
“There are little kids around and their natural instinct is to put their hands out and pat a dog – who’s to say it won’t bite.”
Mr McGrath said council compliance officers came out to investigate on Thursday afternoon and again on Friday morning.
The dogs were found in a nearby yard.
“I’m extremely happy with the council response,” Mr McGrath said. “The person who was caring for the dogs had taken extreme measures to keep the dogs in but they had still escaped.
“The owner of the dogs has been contacted and agreed to surrender them to council officers so the dogs can be destroyed.
“Both of those people were very remorseful about what happened.”