News

Gemfields couple calls for action after attack on pet goat

ACTION WANTED: Elissa Saunders with her pet goat Elsa which died following an alleged dog attack on the Gemfields.
ACTION WANTED: Elissa Saunders with her pet goat Elsa which died following an alleged dog attack on the Gemfields. Contributed

A GEMFIELDS couple is calling for answers after claiming the Central Highlands Regional Council failed to properly investigate an attack on a pet goat last month.

Elissa Saunders' and John Major's pet goat, Elsa, was allegedly attacked by two dogs on November 27, and despite the couple's best efforts, it died on their property days later.

Ms Saunders said they knew the owner of the two dogs and contacted her at her home shortly after the alleged attack.

"While waiting for the lady to come outside, I noticed the dogs had returned home and were locked in a small mesh cage," Ms Saunders said.

"I told the lady... what the dogs had done and told her that she had best come up to my house and inspect the damage."

The dogs' owner arrived at Ms Saunders' property, took some photos, and advised her on the best way in which to file a complaint with the regional council's animal control department.

After trying and failing to contact the officer on duty, Ms Saunders and Mr Major tracked down the contact number and spoke with a person who told them to email the details of the incident.

"(Mr Major) then rang the local police so they should be able to verify that fact," Ms Saunders said.

But after weeks of little progress, the couple have since contacted the ombudsman about the incident, and have vowed to fight the lack of investigation, which they believe stems from a conflict of interest within the council.

The council's Community and Development Services general manager, Brad Duke, confirmed the matter was under investigation by the council, and an outcome was expected soon.

"It is my intention to provide a formal response by December 21," Mr Duke said.

"I have met with them and it is my intention to get that report to them in writing as soon as possible."

He rejected claims that because the dogs allegedly involved belonged to a council employee the investigation was being stalled.


Join the Community.

Get your local news, your way.

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Doctor cuts teeth in CQ

NEW DOCTOR: Mashfique Khan has joined the ranks at Emerald Health Care Centre.

Doctor cuts teeth in CQ

THE Central Queensland Dachshund group market afternoon

FUN AFTERNOON: THE Central Queensland Dachshund group is holding a fun afternoon at Centenary Park on Sunday.

THE Central Queensland Dachshund group fun afternoon is on tomorrow

Make most of May Day fun

FUN WEEKEND: May Day celebrations will run over Sunday and Monday.

Make most of May Day fun in Blackwater this long weekend

Latest deals and offers

Strange Politics: Peter Dutton treats refugees like rubbish

OPINION: If my reclusive and more than slightly barmy neighbour with piercing phobia of his own rubbish bin is reading this: feel lonesome no longer, dear boy.

Cockatoo coal employees to receive entitlements

Andrew Lawson from Cockatoo Coal speaking at the Gladstone Engineering Alliance Major Industry Conference 2014 held at the Gladstone Entertainment Convention Centre.
Photo Contributed / Murray Ware

Sacked Baralaba mine workers will receive entitlements this week

Doctor cuts teeth in CQ

NEW DOCTOR: Mashfique Khan has joined the ranks at Emerald Health Care Centre.

Doctor cuts teeth in CQ

THE Central Queensland Dachshund group market afternoon

FUN AFTERNOON: THE Central Queensland Dachshund group is holding a fun afternoon at Centenary Park on Sunday.

THE Central Queensland Dachshund group fun afternoon is on tomorrow

Make most of May Day fun

FUN WEEKEND: May Day celebrations will run over Sunday and Monday.

Make most of May Day fun in Blackwater this long weekend

Black lung case awarded

APPROVED: Black lung victim Keith Stoddart and wife Danielle giving evidence at the Senate inquiry into the return of the disease in Queensland coal mines.

Black lung case has worker's compensation claim approved

RACQ releases SE Qld's worst choke points

Paul Turner, RACQ

Paul Turner from RACQ talks about our worst roads at peak time.

British family bashed in Thailand

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Family beaten and kicked unconscious by gang in Thailand.

Ben Hunt wary of Sharks Halfback

Ben Hunt of the Broncos looks to pass during the round 23 NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Suncorp Stadium.

Ben Hunt talks about Cronulla's Chad Townsend.

Demand for acreage lots pushes up property prices

Property values in Cooroy have increased 25%

Property values jump in Cooroy and Peachester.

How a sacked real estate agent made $725k in four months

Agent is now under investigation by the industry watchdog

RBA warns of future apartment oversupply

Toowoomba: Crest Apartments and Burke & Wills, Ruthven Street ( view from Neil Street) Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle

RBA says oversupply of apartments poses risk to household finances