By Renee Bogatko, Image Credits – supplied
The Canberra community’s shown its generosity once again, after yet another dog attack.
They have helped raise around $2000 on a Go Fund Me page for Steve Birchall’s poodle JP, who was recently mauled by two off the lead pit bulls in Coombs.
The page was set up by Steve’s son, Will.
“Unfortunately the owner of the two dogs denied my father’s request to provide ID, and rode off irresponsibly after re-chaining his two dogs to a leash, leaving my father with JP clinging to life in his arms,” Will said.
“We don’t want financial compensation, we want this neglecting so called “man” to never own a domestic animal again.”
JP is still being cared for at the vets, as he recovers from his severe injuries.
Steve wants to take action against the owner, but is still waiting to hear back from Domestic Animal Services.
“It's not about the money, it's more about the threat of any dog, child or elderly person getting hurt in the future, because these two dogs were trained to attack,” he said.
"I'm hoping DAS can do something, what they say on the website is the owner can be fined, and that's what I'm looking for, and obviously the dogs removed, but at this stage I've not heard anything from them."
Steve said he’s overwhelmed at the generosity of those who’ve donated towards the Go Fund Me campaign.
"I got wind of it and I couldn't believe the generosity of the public so far. I was willing to pay the vet fee off over 12 months but people have just been so generous,” he said.
“I’d like to put out a huge thank you to Hamish and his team at West Queanbeyan Vets, plus Dr Vicki and staff at the animal hospital in Fyshwick who’ve helped JP through this traumatic time.”
You can help too, by donating here.
It’s the latest in a serious of dog attacks around the capital.
Another recent attack involved two Jack Russell puppies, who were mauled in Wanniassa.
Canberrans also gave generously – helping raise $3,500 towards vet bills.
Thankfully, Lucky and Lady have been able to return home, to continue their recovery.