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Whitsunday Regional Council is actively investigating the recent dog attack on a child at Conway Beach.
Council’s Manager Health, Climate and Environment Adam Folkers said council were still seeking an accurate description of the offending dog.
“We are still determining whether it was a domestic or wild dog and are waiting to speak further with the mother, who has obviously been by the side of her injured child in Brisbane.
“The child was released from hospital yesterday and we have arranged to talk with the family when they return to the region today.
“Information, which could lead to the capture of the animal, had been difficult to garner as no witnesses other than the child’s family have contacted council.
Mr Folkers said Council are investigating all leads and have been proactive in trying to locate the dog.
“We have laid traps, placed cameras, increased patrols and door knocked the area and put out a social media appeal for any witnesses to contact us.
“I can confirm there have been no reports of dog attacks on persons in the Conway Beach area in the past 12 months until a person came forward yesterday to report an incident two weeks ago.
“The only other dog reports received since January 2017 in the Conway Beach area are a dog wandering and a dog found,” he said.
“The locals we spoke to also reported no increased dingo activity in the area in recent months.”Aerial baiting was conducted in October 2017 and included the Conway National Park area – both feral pigs and feral dogs being the targeted animal.
Council Local Law Officers attend daily to any complaints ensuring safety of community regarding aggressive or stray dogs.
If people or their dogs are subject to an attack they should immediately contact Council and gather information to identify the offending dog and, if possible, where it is kept.
If anyone has information which could help identify the offending animal please contact council on 1300 WRC QLD.