By Renee Bogatko, Image Credit – @WINNews_ACT/Twitter
There’s fresh calls for tougher laws around dog attacks in the ACT, after a woman in her 40’s was mauled to death by her dog in Watson.
Neighbours called police after they heard a man screaming for help early Wednesday morning.
When they got there, the dog turned on police, forcing officers to shoot it dead.
It’s understood, the dog turned on its owner after she tried to save a male visitor from being attacked.
That man’s being treated in hospital for bite wounds to his leg.
It’s since been revealed, the pitbull-type dog was known to authorities and had attacked before.
The ACT Government responded on Wednesday by recruiting more rangers.
“I’ve spoken to the directorate and we will get more rangers out in Canberra to make sure the community is safe,” City Services Minister, Meegan Fitzharris, said.
But the Canberra Liberals said it’s a much bigger problem that needs greater attention.
“Last year we saw over 150 people presented at the emergency department at our hospitals with an injury sustained by a dangerous dog,” Opposition Leader, Alistair Coe, said.
“It’s simply unacceptable that every two days there’s a dangerous dog attack in Canberra.”
The Liberals are working on a draft bill to make it easier to punish the owners of dangerous dogs following several attacks in the territory.
“Dangerous dogs seem to have more rights than people and there’s something wrong when the legislation is that way inclined,” Mr Coe said.
“We need to change the laws and make sure the scales of justice are well and truly geared towards victims and geared towards getting dangerous dogs out of our suburbs.”
Minister Fitzharris said while owners do need to take more responsibility and the Government is open to legislation changes, they need to wait till the police report is complete.
A Change.org petition calling on the ACT Government to better manage dangerous dogs has been signed by more than 800 people.
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