Lawder outraged by return of dogs after vicious attack

Nicole Lawder MLA

Deputy Leader of the Opposition
Member for Brindabella
Shadow Minister for Urban Services, Seniors and Heritage

Media release

Friday 12 July 2019

Lawder outraged by return of dogs after vicious attack

Member for Brindabella, Nicole Lawder was saddened today to hear reports of another vicious dog attack in suburban Flynn in Canberra.


Ms Lawder has spoken to the owners of two dogs that were being walked on their leads by their owners when they were savagely attacked by two large roaming dogs. The descriptions of the attack were harrowing. It was the worst mauling the vet had seen.


Ms Lawder was very pleased to hear that after hours in veterinary care, both the dog victims survived. She was also relieved that whilst in fear for their own safety at the time, the dog’s owners also escaped injury.


However, Ms Lawder is outraged with the process that has the attacking dogs returned to their owner.


Where is the Government’s expressed concern for public safety? Ms Lawder asked. Where is the Government’s expressed concern for the protection of our pets? What protection do the badly injured pet dogs have?  Why do the Greens continue to support the Government in allowing pets to be injured, mauled, and attacked? 


Coming on the back of news of a dog attack in Melbourne yesterday where an older man was killed and his wife badly mauled, I fear it is only a matter of time before we have another tragic death of a person from a dog attack in Canberra.

Meantime, dog owners in Canberra are in fear of walking their dogs on their own streets.

With my colleagues, I have been calling on the Government to bring in tougher dog laws in Canberra for years. Our pleas are ignored by this Labor Greens government. 


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