UNFAIR ADVANTAGE: Balonne Shire Council mayor Donna Stewart says under current legislation, dogs that attack appear to have more rights than their victims.
UNFAIR ADVANTAGE: Balonne Shire Council mayor Donna Stewart says under current legislation, dogs that attack appear to have more rights than their victims.

Calls to destroy pig dogs after 'pack' attack in St George

THERE is a growing community push for three pig dogs that savagely attacked a St George woman to be destroyed.

The attack occurred on November 1 and was described by the victim, who asked not to be named, as "a pack attack".

The victim required hospital treatment to bites on her arms and torso, and received more than 30 stitches to her head but it is understood the owner of the animals - one of which is not registered - is fighting for their return.

While the victim admits the attack took place on the owners' property, she said she believed she should have been warned about the dogs.

"We had agreed to meet (and) I was told there would be no car there but that she (one of the dogs' owners) would be inside," the victim said.

"Why didn't she tell me to ring or toot the horn when I got there?"

The management of dangerous dogs is governed by the State Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act 2008 and Balonne Shire Council has started the process to have the animals declared as dangerous dogs.

Despite the injuries sustained by the victim in the attack, the owners of the dogs have 14 days to present a submission arguing why the animals should not be declared dangerous dogs and, as such, destroyed.

A council spokeswoman confirmed a Proposed Declaration Notice had been presented to the owners.

"We are currently waiting for the 14-day period to elapse," she said.

"Once (a) dog is declared a dangerous dog, council may serve a destruction order...proposing to destroy the dog 14 days after the order is served."

Mayor Donna Stewart said council had "no option but to operate under the rules" of the act but added she believed it was necessary to destroy the offending animals.

"If I was making legislation in the state of Queensland, I would legislate for having these dogs humanely put down immediately," Cr Stewart said.

"It does appear that dogs have more rights than the person they grabbed by the head and bit..."


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