And it comes as figures show there is almost one dog attack per day in Salisbury and Playford.
Colin and Jane Dix are urging residents who own aggressive dogs to keep them contained within a secure environment and not let them roam suburban streets after their 18-year-old Jack Russell, Pip, was allegedly attacked by two huskies from a neighbouring property.
Their son, Andrew, saw the incident, ran out from the backyard and scared off the two dogs. Andrew picked up Pip and handed her to Mr Dix, but she was bleeding so badly she died.
Mr Dix said the family was devastated and urged people to be more careful with their dogs.
“We have been here 10 years and she was always here with us,” Mr Dix said.
“I would take her for a walk every night. It’s devastating and will take some time to get over it.
“We didn’t want the huskies to be put down because we know the owners would have the same feelings that we do about our dog dying, but I believe they need to pay more attention to having their front doors locked or having the dogs locked up in their back garden.”
A security camera at Mr Dix’s house captured the incident and will be used as part of an investigation by Salisbury Council, which will then determine the huskies’ fate.
SIBERIAN HUSKY DOGS HAVE PRIOR HISTORY OF ATTACKING
Salisbury Mayor Gillian Aldridge’s 11-year-old poodle, Bella, was also attacked by the huskies on the same street, that day. Luckily, she survived.
“I think that if dog owners have any inclination that their dogs are aggressive, they should not let them outside without a lead, or keep them locked up,” Ms Aldridge said.
Salisbury recorded 90 cases of dog attacks and harassment in 2016-17 to date — similar figures to 2015-16 (129 cases) and 2014-15 (161). It has 23,330 registered dogs this financial year.
Playford, which has 17,000 registered dogs, has recorded 149 attacks, similar to 2015-16 (167) and 2014-15 (144).
It compares with Onkaparinga, which recorded 305 cases in 2015-16 and 226 in 2016-17, and Charles Sturt, which recorded 155 in 2015-16 and 115 in 2016-17.
“(That is) appropriate containment, always under effective control (on a lead), and always be aware of their surroundings. It comes down to responsible pet ownership.”
(Adelaide Now - March 27, 2017)