CHRC rangers face barking mad stats
ONE cat killed and a dead dog left on the side of the highway sparked outrage on social media after residents posted images of the four-legged victims on Emerald-related Facebook pages.
Comments on both threads criticised the Central Highlands Regional Council, and called into question the rangers' roles in preventing and tending to such incidents.
But "staggering and unacceptable" figures reveal the answer lies more in the prevention than the cure.
Last year 113 dog attacks were reported to the CHRC, and the tally for 2016 is not looking much better with rangers called to five attacks over the Australia-Day period alone.
On top of this, a whopping 49% of dogs are unregistered in the region.
Central Highlands Mayor Peter Maguire said the "unacceptable" figures drive home the importance of keeping pets under effective control, "a message that just doesn't seem to be getting through to our residents".
He said there was no "grey area" - pet owners must keep their pets secured or on a leash in public.
In response to the recent Facebook posts, Cr Maguire reiterated the social media site is no forum to report animal-related attacks.
"We cannot stress this point enough - council does not monitor social media for reports of lost pets, wandering pets or incidents involving animals," Cr Maguire said.
Cr Maguire said wandering unregistered and unmicrochipped dogs accounted for most jobs.
He said registration was not only a legal requirement under Queensland law, but it helped dogs be reunited with their owners, and council provide pound facilities, animal management staff, dog parks and other pet facilities."
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