An elderly Yarrawonga couple are living in fear of two dogs which regularly terrorise them on their own property despite repeated complaints to Moira Shire.By Fiona Blick
Ann and Graeme Taylor told the Yarrawonga Chronicle the final straw came when the dogs, believed to be American Staffordshire terriors, broke through the Taylor’s ‘Colorbond’ steel backyard fence and rushed to the back door, barking and growling.
“We have a five year old English staffy called Kelli and these two dogs were trying to get into our house to attack her,” Mr Taylor said.
“It is a terrible situation.
“We are now too afraid to go into our backyard, the dogs are constantly barking and charging the fence and we certainly can’t leave our dog in the backyard alone when we go shopping, we just don’t know what we will come home to.”
The trouble first began in April when the same two dogs escaped from their own yard and ran into the Taylor’s garage.
“We had just returned home and my wife Ann was getting our dog from the car,” Mr Taylor said.
“These two dogs appeared from nowhere and starting jumping up on Ann’s back, trying to get to our dog.
“I intervened and was bitten badly on my hands and arms.”
Mrs Taylor suffered bruising and stiffness to her back and their dog has required repeated treatment at the vets.
“The bill for that is already $1,000 and climbing,” Mr Taylor said.
“Kelli’s eye was scratched in the attack and she may yet lose sight in that eye; she has also suffered from infection in the wounds.”
Snr Cst Chris Westrope from Yarrawonga Police told the Chronicle directly after the April attack that it was not the first time these particular dogs had escaped from their yard.
“He (Graeme Taylor) sustained severe wounds which required medical attention. The owner (of the dogs) is known to us and has been notified,” Snr Cst Westrope said.
Mr Taylor praised the police’s efforts in the first attack.
“They were brilliant, we couldn’t fault them,” he said.
“They advised us on who to contact and they even tried to contact the ranger for us.”
The Taylor’s opinion on shire staff however is the opposite.
“Council staff have not got back to us,” Mr Taylor said.
“We have phoned on a number of occasions, left messages and asked questions but to date these questions have not been answered.
“It wasn’t until May 14, a month after the first attack, that the ranger arrived to take our statement.
“He wrote it down and told us he would return with the statements typed up for us to sign.
“We haven’t heard back and he never returned so we could sign our statements.”
The Taylors said they are not just worried for themselves they are worried for the families in their neighbourhood.
“If this problem is not fixed now it is only a matter of time before a child gets badly injured by these dogs,” Mr Taylor said.
Moira Shire Council confirmed that officers were investigating a dog attack and other alleged offences involving two dogs in the Yarrawonga area.
“Evidence is being gathered to determine the appropriate course of action to be taken,” Director Community Peter Bertolus said.
“As investigations are currently underway further comment cannot be provided at this point in time.”
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