The leg of Rusty the dog can be seen protruding from the mouth of a crocodile swimming in water on a property near Innisfail. Picture: Melissa Horton
The leg of Rusty the dog can be seen protruding from the mouth of a crocodile swimming in water on a property near Innisfail. Picture: Melissa Horton

Crocodile kills and eats family dog

KATTER'S Australian Party MP Shane Knuth has made a renewed call for a crocodile cull after a pet dog was killed at a family property near Innisfail.

The maverick MP released a confronting photo of the half eaten kelpie, called Rusty, poking out of the crocodile's jaws.

Mr Knuth said the one-year-old dog was taken by the croc over the weekend at a family property in Belvedere.

"This image is confronting and frankly heartbreaking for residents who are imagining that dog could have been their beloved pet, or much worse, their child," he said.

"Attacks are on the rise, the crocs we're seeing are big, aggressive and territorial, and crocs are surfacing in places they've never been before."

Mr Knuth said the recent rainfall and flooding across the state could lead to more attacks.

"People come to Queensland to enjoy sunshine and beaches, but the image they're seeing now is croc attacks and croc signs everywhere," he said.

"This is a very poor message to promote to international tourism."

KAP is expected to draft legislation that could include the introduction of a controlled crocodile cull, safari hunting and egg collection initiatives.

News Corp Australia

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