Viscious dog pack attacks in Nimbin

Three wild dogs tore another dog to pieces in Nimbin last Thursday night before a passing motorist intervened and put the dog out of its misery by running over it with a 4WD.

Petrol tanker driver Tim Carey heard the sound of dogs growling and attacking while filling up a Nimbin petrol station last Thursday and went to investigate, but as he got closer the sound became more vicious and he became fearful and returned to the petrol station.

He could hear the sound of another dog yelping and he flagged down a passing car. The two men, now inside a 4WD, went back to the scene, which was just inside the gate of a rural property.

“I saw three dogs ripping another dog to pieces. It was pretty horrible. We drove up beside the dogs and they tried to get into the 4WD,” Tim said. “We saw the dog (on the ground) was suffering really badly so we decided to run it over and put it out of its misery. It was killed straight away, we made sure it was dead so it wasn’t suffering. It was the right thing to do, it was going to die anyway, it was torn to pieces. The other dogs came back and continued to attack even though it was dead.”

Tim then returned to the petrol station and continued unloading and the 4WD driver stayed with him until he finished in case the dogs came back.

“I’ve been doing the Nimbin run for over three years and quite often dogs come up while I’m unloading. They’re always roaming around at night, but I’ve never heard them attacking like that before,” he said.

The next day Tim called the police and reported the attack, but was essentially told they were too busy to deal with dog attacks. He also called the owners of the petrol station and managed to speak to the property owner where the attack happened.

Dean Chamberlain is the senior ranger for the North Coast Livestock Health and Pest Authority and said wild dog attacks are more common at this time of year.

“Wild dogs and dingoes are stamping their territory and consequently any other dog in their patch is seen as a threat so they will attack to get them out of their patch of dirt,” he said.

Mr Chamberlain said March and April was when the dogs are generally getting ready to breed.

He urged landowners who are worried by packs of wild dogs to get in touch with them so they can organise a baiting program.

“It’s best if you talk to your neighbours so we can put a small number of baits over a big area. If you’ve got dogs on your place today they may not be back for a fortnight, they are continually moving around different areas,” he said.

He said if you witness a dog attack, it is best not to try and break it up unless you have something to protect yourself with.


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