POLICE are asking dog owners to keep their animals confined on their properties at all times.
The request follows two attacks by dogs in the last three weeks, one of which resulted in a pregnant ewe having to be put down because of the severity of her injuries.
In another recent attack, a calf received an injury to its leg so severe that it cannot be sold commercially.
Senior Constable Darren Lomax of Foster police station said that under the Domestic (Feral and Nuisance) Animals Act, the landholder has the authority to seize a dog or cat that is found at loose in a paddock in which there are farm animals and hand it over to the local council. He said that stiff penalties apply to the owners of any animals found wandering.
“The owners of wandering animals are furthermore liable for attacks on any person or animal,” said S/C Lomax.
Local police are investigating the attacks and asking for witnesses or anyone who has information which can lead them to the perpetrators to come forward.
Theft of Water Pump
POLICE would like to hear from anyone who has information on the theft of a water pump valued at about $500 from the side of a house on the South Gippsland Highway at Hedley. The water pump was removed from the house last Wednesday, August 18.
LOCAL businesses are warned that they could be approached by a salesman trying to pass off cheap sunglasses as the genuine article. The police have been advised that such a man went to a local business on August 11. Business owners should be vigilant lest they be persuaded to buy counterfeit goods.