AN UNPROVOKED dog attack at a Colac district property has left a dog fighting for its life.
Beeac’s David Missen said his maltese terrier Harley was in a “worrying” condition at a vet clinic with a 50-per-cent chance of survival after receiving a pierced lung, a broken rib and a crushed rib during an attack by two dogs at his Western Street address.
“Our dog was out the back and I heard him screeching and two dogs attacked him at our back door,” Mr Missen said of Saturday morning’s incident.
He is still at the vet, we don’t know if he is going to live or die,” he said.
“When the vet first took him they said he had 20-per-cent chance of survival.
“Later that day they had him a bit higher and now he’s 50 per cent and slowly sneaking up a bit after that,” he said.
Mr Missen said he saw a red heeler and a blue heeler fleeing his property when he went outside to investigate his dog’s appeals for help.
“One still had our dog in its mouth,” he said.
“I’m shocked, it’s disgusting that someone else’s dogs come on our property and mauls our dog.
“I have seen them around before, the police and the ranger are following it up.
“I want something done about those dogs, I don’t want them running around the countryside,” Mr Missen said.
He said he had his dog for 10 years and he had been a “great companion”.
Beeac police’s Leading Senior Constable Bill Boddington said Colac Otway Shire Council officers were investigating the attack and searching for the dogs’ owners.
Colac Otway Shire Council local laws co-ordinator Graeme Murphy said that the council was investigating the incident.
“Council knows who the larger dogs belong to, and local laws officers are seeking to speak to the owner as part of the investigation,” Mr Murphy said.
“Anyone with information about the alleged dog attack should contact council’s local laws department on 5232 9400,” he said.