Big dogs victims of attack too
SMALL dogs haven't been the only victims of violent attacks in the Tweed.
Following the Tweed Daily News report on Saturday about the death of a Maltese terrier that was mauled by two vicious dogs, a Banora Point resident has revealed the injuries his dog has sustained after it was attacked on multiple occasions.
James Doyle said his giant Neapolitan mastiff had twice been bitten by dogs walking with their owners, but not on a lead.
"The first time his wounds were not too bad initially, but they became seriously infected and the vet bill ended up very expensive," Mr Doyle said.
Mr Doyle said while having an animal put down for any reason was certainly heartbreaking, "I think in regards to vicious dogs, the responsibility is the owner's".
"The dogs need to be kept on leads in public or in secure properties."
Casuarina-based Top Dog Academy owner Rhonda Robinson said it was critical to socialise dogs from eight to 16 weeks of age.
"If a dog doesn't get the proper exposure to different characters, it can impact their behaviour down the track," Ms Robinson said.
Lack of socialisation, training and dogs being "bored out of their mind" all contributed to pooches playing up.
"Like us, they need both physical and mental exercise."
While some breeds might lend themselves to being "fighting dogs", it mostly comes down to the way a dog's raised.
"It's because of the handler and the way the dog's been conditioned," she said.
"A rottweiler is a beautiful dog when it's trained well. A chihuahua can be a dangerous dog if it's not trained properly."
Ms Robinson said while there's no "quick fix" for dangerous dogs, bad habits can be trained out with time and persistence.