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Junko Nishinome and daughter Aika Ryan with their surviving three dogs at their Hovea property.

Dog mauled to death

A HOVEA family is devastated this week after their beloved pet Maltese dog was mauled to death on its property by a neighbouring blood hound and Jack Russell, eight days after a complaint was made about them.

Six-year-old Frosty, one of four dogs owned by Junko Nishinome, was wandering around his yard on Mons Road last Friday, June 17, when CCTV cameras caught sight of two neighbouring dogs entering the property and attack him unsuspectingly.

The small dog was no match for the other breeds and sustained significant injuries resulting in surgery and $10,000 in veterinary care.

Two days later he succumbed to his injuries and died of sepsis, devastating his owners who claim they and another neighbour had complained about the dogs to Shire of Mundaring rangers just days prior.

“I’m traumatised by it,” said Ms Nishinome who sustained an injury to her hand whilst trying to save Frosty during the attack, allegedly as a result of being bitten by the smaller of the two dogs.

“I haven’t let my other dogs out since.

“I’m too scared to.”

Ms Nishinome said she had complained about the neighbouring dogs’ excessive barking and wandering just eight days before the savage attack that left Frosty dead.

Shire of Mundaring chief executive Jonathan Throssell said rangers had attended a number of incidents regarding the dogs in question, one of which resulted in the issuing of infringements.

“We have reviewed the file on the dogs in question and note that Shire rangers have attended a number of incidents in recent years,” he said.

“Rangers have followed up with the owners on each occasion to remind them of their obligations.

“On previous occasions a formal process was not commenced as the complainant has either been satisfied with the action taken by the owner at the time (ie the dogs have been contained) or has not wanted to make a written statement.

“On one occasion, when rangers witnessed the dogs wandering off the property, infringements were issued.”

Mr Throssell went on to say that the Shire had extended their sympathies to Frosty’s family and that the matter was currently under investigation with evidence being gathered for a prosecution brief.

The dogs were seized this week and are currently being held at the Shire’s pound.

“They have been declared ‘dangerous dogs’ which imposes specific conditions such as prescribed collars and signage on the property,” he added.

For Ms Nishinome, however, the Shire’s actions are too little, too late.

“I am so upset because this was entirely preventable,” she said.

“This was reported and the rangers knew the dogs were dangerous and they did nothing.

“The last couple of months they have just got much more aggressive, chasing people up the road and chasing other dogs.

“They should have done something.”

In the last financial year, Shire of Mundaring has received 147 reports involving dogs that relate to chase or attack, with or without causing injury.

During this time, five prosecutions have been carried out or are awaiting a court date and 20 infringements have been issued.

By Rebecca Peppiatt

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