News

Dog invasion counts for little

THREATENED: John de Graaf, his partner Sade Ellis with children Jade, Blair and Dante were trapped in their home by their neighbours’ dogs.
THREATENED: John de Graaf, his partner Sade Ellis with children Jade, Blair and Dante were trapped in their home by their neighbours’ dogs. Claudia Baxter

AN IPSWICH family threatened by four dogs that broke through a neighbour's fence into their yard want clearer guidelines to define "a dangerous dog".

Brassall resident John de Graaf was left fuming when Ipswich City Council initially refused to remove four large St Bernard dogs from his yard because they had not attacked a person.

Under current state legislation dogs can be defined as "dangerous" or "menacing".

A dog can only be deemed dangerous after it seriously attacks a person or another animal.

A dog is defined as menacing if it causes fear and an attack is not serious.

An attack was something Mr de Graaf feared was a possibility as the four St Bernards attempted to enter his home.

Mr de Graaf was fearful of his children's safety and believes such legislation only increases the chance of dog attacks.

"The dogs beat the fence down and I contacted the council. But because they hadn't bitten anyone ... they wouldn't take them away," he said.

INSET: Four dogs demolished a panel of boundary fencing.
INSET: Four dogs demolished a panel of boundary fencing. Contributed

"They should be trying to prevent the attacks."

Mr de Graaf said he was angry when council officers would not remove the dogs in the first instance.

Health and Community Safety Committee chair Councillor Andrew Antoniolli would not comment on specifics because the matter was still under investigation.

Cr Antoniolli said the definition of "dangerous" and "menacing" dogs are bound by state law.

"Following this complaint, council officers attended and were satisfied that dogs could be safely secured on the owner's property, however all dogs were removed the following day by arrangement with the owner," he said.

"Two have since been returned to the owner now that council is satisfied they will be safely secured at all times. These dogs present no further risk to the public and council is continuing to monitor the situation."

The process to declare a dog as dangerous is a lengthy one.

Information on the legislation and basis for a determination of a dangerous dog can be found in Chapter 4 of the Queensland Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act of 2008.

Topics:  brassall



William Cairns gave his best to family and business

BIG CHARACTER: William Howitt Cairns was an important Ipswich figure.

Jovial personality helped shaped city

Let Corby fit back into community

COMING HOME: Schapelle Corby is due to return home, but how will the media treat her.

Feeling the media has lost touch with the public

Reef on a collision course to catastrophe

IN DANGER: Experts say the Great Barrier Reef is facing the threat of extinction.

Environmentalists say we must act now to save the Reef.

Local Partners

Miranda Kerr and fiance hang up backyard tent for wedding

MIRANDA Kerr and her husband-to-be, Snapchat founder Evan Spiegel, are set to marry today in decidedly downgrade style with a backyard wedding.

Book review: Mia Freedman's book meets her critics head on

I appreciated Freedman's blunt honesty in the book

Home town support spurs on Ipswich chef

CONTENDER: Judges have praised the work of Ipswich cook Ben Ungermann, who has avoided the dreaded elimination rounds.

Ben gets a little sweeter

Shannon Noll: What I don't like about The Voice

ON TOUR: Shannon Noll will perform in Ipswich on June 3 as part of a 35-show run.

Australian Idol veteran talks reality TV during 35-date Aussie tour

Model Bella Hadid's see-through dress shocks in Cannes

US model Bella Hadid attends the Cinema Against AIDS amfAR gala 2017 held at the Hotel du Cap, Eden Roc in Cap d'Antibes, France, 25 May 2017.

It’s like she’s become addicted to shock value.

No room for morbid fans

Chris Cornell.

Fans want to stay in the hotel room where Chris Cornell died

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Lost dough leaves sour taste after company collapse

Kathleen and John Mahoney from Sugar and Spice Bakery were stung after the collapse of Cantro Pty Ltd and are still owed money.

Supermarket operator collapse leaves sour taste for bakery

'Ridiculous': Council refuses renovation at heritage home

NOT FAIR: Karen Solomon of Newtown is angry with Ipswich City Council for refusing her plans to build a colonial style double car port at her Newtown home.

Council rejected development application

Council refusal of 'high density' development ends in court

Ipswich City Council first meeting with the new 2016 council.

Developer took the matter to the Queensland Planning Court

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!