Thursday, October 14th, 2010
There has recently been a spike in dog attacks on humans which has reignited the debate about appropriate measures of dog control, dog fencing and responsible dog ownership.

In McIntosh Creek, a quiet rural town near Gympie in North Queensland, there is widespread fear after a vicious attack by a dog on an elderly man. The man in his 80s, was walking along McIntosh Creek road when a 'large brown dog' sneaked up upon the man and bit him on the leg and as the man turned to run back home to safety, the dog attacked again, this time opening the wound even more.

Thankfully, a passerby found the man and took him to hospital for treatment however, the wound was found to be septic and poison had infected the man's brain.
The daughter of the victim as well as his neighbour urge people to keep their dogs fenced in so that no further attacks are carried out. Local Council laws don't stipulate whether a fence is necessary to keep a dog enclosed either however they do say that owners have a duty of care to ensure there is adequate security.

Ex-Police Dog Handler and owner of a dog control supplies business Bark Control, Neil Smith from Brisbane agrees and says the emphasis should be placed on the owner to provide adequate fencing. As to why some owners don't have proper fencing, "Fencing can be expensive on rural properties" he added, however this was not a good enough reason for complacency.

"Dog containment systems offer a cheap alternative to conventional fencing and can be far more effective". Containment systems have the benefit of keeping the dog in even if gates are left open, which is a common reason for many dog attacks.

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