News

Charlie loses his fight

Charlie the maltese terrier passed away after being attacked by two other dogs last Thursday.
Charlie the maltese terrier passed away after being attacked by two other dogs last Thursday. Contributed

THE Tasmanian tourist whose dog was put down after being mauled in a vicious attack in Kingscliff last week has lashed out at irresponsible dog owners.

The woman, who did not want to be named, said she was walking her dog Charlie along the main stretch of Kingscliff when two others dogs, later confirmed as a staffordshire bull terrier and a bull arab, attacked.

"They just played tug-of-war with him," she said.

She said some witnesses came to help, but it was a struggle to free her terrified terrier from the aggressive dogs and she also sustained injuries.

She said the locals then helped her take Charlie to a Cabarita vet.

Despite sending Charlie to a specialist vet on the Gold Coast, she said they had to put him down on Monday night.

"He was just so damaged inside," she said.

The visitor, who'd stayed in Kingscliff before, said the ordeal had left her and her partner traumatised.

She said they probably wouldn't return for another holiday.

"Owners just have to learn to be more responsible," she said.

"I think they should tighten up the laws.

"One dangerous dog's bad enough, but one of them went straight for his throat; the other took his other end."

With the incident having occurred in an area popular for family picnics, she was concerned dogs might not have been the only victims.

"It could have been a child," she said.

Charlie the maltese terrier passed away after being attacked by two other dogs last Thursday.
Charlie the maltese terrier passed away after being attacked by two other dogs last Thursday. Contributed

According to Tweed Shire Council, the number of reported dog attacks in Tweed has fallen significantly during the past three years, from 101 in 2011/12 to 77 in 2012/13, and down to 53 during 2013/14.

"There is still room for improvement, to enable pet owners to enjoy the benefits of having companion animals, while ensuring they co-exist harmoniously with other animals, people and the environment," Tweed mayor Barry Longland said.

"Every dog attack incident is a very stern reminder of the need for responsible pet ownership."

The dogs which attacked Charlie were destroyed after the incident and it's unclear whether any charges will be laid.

Big dogs fall victim to attack too

Topics:  dangerous dog, dog attack, tweed heads, tweed shire council



Dredging to go ahead at Cudgen Creek

A sand-pumping boat at the Tweed River. Dredging will take place at Cudgen Creek soon.

Dredging to go ahead on lower reach of Cudgen Creek

Balance your iron, thyroid hormones

Tired businesswoman in the office

Learning to balance your thyroid and your iron

Latest deals and offers

Kirk Douglas is defiant, fierce and still standing

VETERAN ACTOR: Kirk Douglas has had a long and varied career.

Kirk Douglas has out-lived almost all his contemporaries

The Hard Word reviews Kyzer Soze

Kyzer Soze are playing Brisbane tomorrow at the Crowbar in Fortitude Valley. Photo Contributed

Kyzer Soze summon the evil for this mighty slab of death metal

Britney Spears 'almost drowned' in Hawaii

Britney Spears has revealed she 'almost drowned' while on holiday

Doco reveals real story behind Black Hawk Down

Former Black Hawk pilot Mike Durant shares his story, which helped to inspire the movie Black Hawk Down, in the TV series No Man Left Behind.

FORMER pilot recounts ordeal which inspired a Hollywood movie.

What's on the big screen this week

Toby Kebbell and Jack Huston in a scene from the movie Ben-Hur.

AN OLD classic returns to the big screen with a new young star.

Bachelor Richie gives bacon-loving Noni the boot

Noni Janur features on this season of The Bachelor.

TOOWOOMBA swimwear designer still single but focusing on her career.

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m

Guess which Sunshine Coast suburb cracked the million dollar list?

This four-bedroom home at 26 McAnally Dr, Sunshine Beach was for sale for $7 million.

List of Australia's five most-expensive suburbs

Does it get any better than this? Check out this $2M home

LUXURY LIVING: The Coral Cove home built by Steve Coates Constructions that took out the best home over $2 million and the Wide Bay Burnett House of the Year at the Master Builders Wide Bay Burnett Housing and Construction Awards.

Wide Bay's best home is right on our doorstep