Sheep killers collared
A PACK of dogs has, for the second time in days, invaded the backyard of a Booral family and mauled to death a number of its pet sheep.
On Tuesday, Dawn Bryant woke to discover 11 ewes, rams and lambs lying killed in her backyard after the dogs had attacked during the night.
The family, who practice sustainable living on a small acreage, hoped the nightmare was over once they brought in an excavator and buried the animals, which were valued at $2000.
But as Ms Bryant discovered, despite council pleas for assistance, the setting of traps, and the input of motion surveillance equipment, the attacking dogs were not collared and have now returned and killed two more sheep.
"My son heard the dogs outside his window at about 3am and went and told his dad," Ms Bryant said.
"The dogs were still on our property when they chased them away. They followed them up the street and the dogs lived at a house only a stones-throw away."
The council confirmed yesterday the dogs had been impounded.
Again, Ms Bryant vented her frustration at the current laws - relating to privacy and animal management.
Despite having 13 of her pets killed, Ms Bryant and her family will potentially not learn of council investigations into the attack or if the dogs had been put down or released into the care of their owner.
The dogs may be destroyed if they have a prior history of aggressive behaviour and have been declared dangerous, or if they are unregistered.
A Biosecurity Queensland spokesperson said the laws were not being reviewed but said submissions had been made earlier this year to see if improvements could be made.
The spokesperson said the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishing is currently reviewing the submissions and assessing the need for amendments to the Animal Management Act 2008.
He said submissions from the discussion paper had provided suggestions on how the Act may be amended.
Fraser Coast Mayor Gerard O'Connell said early this month council had made such a submission in an attempt to enable better management of the laws.