Dogs Attack on Main St

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No-one has let the dogs out, but they keep biting people on Mataura’s Main St.

Residents Kevin and Diane Callaghan spoke to the The Ensign this week after learning another person had been bitten on Friday.

Mr Callaghan said he knew of at least four people who had been bitten by the same dogs at the north end of Main St in the past nine months, including his son Gavin.

It was not as if it was an isolated incident.

“They’re attacking all the time,” Mr Callaghan said.

“We’re wondering why nothing has been done about it,” Mrs Callaghan said.

Yesterday a Gore District Council spokesperson said the council confirmed it was investigating an alleged incident involving two dogs in Mataura last week.

“The dogs are currently in the pound.”

Until the investigation was complete, the council was unable to make any further comment, including who was the dogs’ registered owner.

Gavin said he was walking home from work in September when he heard the pounding of dogs’ paws on the footpath behind him.

“I turned around and there were two dogs behind me,” Gavin said.

He backed up against a fence and one of the dogs lunged at him.

“[I] got bitten on the arm and [I] punched one of them in the face.”

###0The kelpie that bit him left a deep puncture wound that bled but he did not go to the doctor.

The family called the Gore District Council animal control office to report the attack.

The officer visited, recorded details of the attack and took photographs of the wound.

It was his understanding the officer was then going to the Main St property where the dogs were known to live. #