Dogs that attacked elderly man euthanised, owner fined $9.5k

THE two dogs that viciously mauled an elderly Currimundi man have been euthanised and their owner received a hefty $9531 fine.

But the scars of the incident on November 30 still run deep for 76-year-old pensioner Graham Jeffery.

Mr Jeffery always takes an umbrella with him for his early morning stroll now and has also purchased an ultrasonic device to scare rogue dogs away.

"It has flashing lights and gives a sound we humans don't hear, but dogs and cats do," Mr Jeffery said.

Mr Jeffery said Sunshine Coast Council had phoned him earlier this week to let him know the dog's owner had pleaded guilty to the charges.

"I understand he was fined $6000 and also has to pay the council's $3000 legal fees," Mr Jeffery said.

"The one dog was put down soon after the incident and the other was going to be declared dangerous, but the owner handed it in to be euthanised."

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Mr Jeffery had been enjoying the same stroll he had been taking for 21 years when he saw the two dogs rushing towards him "growling like mad and wide-eyed".

He was bitten on his lower legs and had to have four stiches under the thumb on his left hand.

The dogs were captured by police after they tried to bite other people in the street.

A council spokeswoman said the "zero tolerance approach" to dangerous and aggressive dogs would be maintained as "community safety is our priority".

The owner was fined the total of $9531.20 at the Caloundra Magistrate Court after his two dogs escaped his property and attacked three residents nearby.

"Both dogs have since been euthanised by the owner", the spokeswoman said.

"This brings the total number of successful prosecutions against irresponsible owners in the past 12 months to 18, with fines ranging from $600 to in excess of $15,000.

"Our key message remains that it is the responsibility of the dog owner to manage and control their animal at all times."

Anyone experiencing or witnessing dogs acting aggressively was urged to contact the council on 5475 7272.

On Wednesday the Daily reported about another dog attack on a five-year-old girl at Alexandra Headland.


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