It is understood the victim in that case received 42 stitches.
“Whether we knew enough at the time to have it declared as a dangerous dog is another matter we’re following up on.”
42 isn’t dangerous?
… City Services spokesman said there were 389 reported dog attacks in the territory during the 2016-17 financial year, and 14 dogs were declared dangerous.
That’s quite a contrast in numbers; I somehow doubt that anywhere near 300 attacks were committed by just 14 dogs.
(If the reporting is correct,) at least this time the victim was responsible for the dog. Unfortunately most times innocent victims suffer.
I wonder how much of the cause in this case is the breed, and how much may have been poor training/it not being clear to the animal who is in charge (the alpha in the pack; it can be so dangerous when a dog thinks it is higher up the pecking order than a human).
PS (2017-10-27, 11:58 AEDT):
After a briefing from government officials about the attack, ACT Opposition leader Alistair Coe said officials had had custody of the animal for “a number of days in late August, early September” after it bit a person on August 29.
“It seems after this incident no orders, controls or conditions were placed on that dog as a result of that event. It seems that there might have been other events taking place at that same time as the dog attack but what we do know is the dog in question certainly did bite a person back on August the 29th and it went to Domestic Animal Services,” Mr Coe said.
The victim of the August 29 attack is understood to have needed 42 stitches.
I wonder if anything will now change after the ACT Gov’t has failed to do what was clearly needed, or if the apparent virtual certainty that Labor will keep getting reelected here means they’ll continue to ignore problems, do nothing, as has happened in other jurisdictions when one party was in power for too long.