Bull Mastiff.
Bull Mastiff.

Vicious dog moved to Lismore

ONE of three dogs seized after a Rockhampton woman was mauled so badly she required surgery has been relocated to Lismore.

The dog, believed to be a bull mastiff-cross, is listed on Queensland’s dangerous dogs register.

But it will not automatically be declared a dangerous dog in NSW, according to Lismore City Council.

A spokeswoman for the council said rangers would visit the property to assess the dog.

However she could not give the exact location of the dog because the council ranger responsible was not available yesterday.

“The dog will not be put on the dangerous dog register unless it commits a dangerous act, or unless our rangers deem it dangerous,” she said.

“Our rangers would probably not take any action unless something happened.

“However it is standard practice for a council to notify another council when a dangerous dog moves into that council’s area.”

Two other dogs involved in the attack in Horton Street, Koongal, in September last year were destroyed.

It is not known why the third dog was not destroyed.

But Rockhampton Regional Council said it was still carrying out investigations in relation to the relocated dog after arrangements were made to send it to a property in Lismore.

On September 1 last year a 59-year-old Rockhampton woman was attacked and a 16-year-old girl, Emily Briggs, bitten on the thigh.

The woman needed surgery and 60 stainless steel clips and 20 stitches to patch up extensive wounds.

It is believed the woman is still receiving treatment in relation to her injuries.

She declined the opportunity to comment when contacted this week.

In late September the council confirmed two dogs and their eight pups were impounded after being seized, and the owners were issued with a dangerous dog declaration which they had the opportunity to appeal against if they wished.

Rockhampton Regional Council chief executive Alastair Dawson this week said Lismore City Council had been notified about the declared dangerous dog.

He said councils north of its border were also aware of the situation.

Dogs can be declared dangerous by councils and courts.

A declaration is effective throughout NSW.

Legislation requires all councils to report dog attacks in their area within 72 hours.

A dog attack can include any incident whether or not any injury is caused to the animal or person.

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