VINCENT rangers are calling for residents to come forward with information about a fatal attack on a small dog in East Perth.
The owner of the maltese terrier cross, named Mr Moo, reported two larger dogs – thought to be pit bull terriers – mauled the canine last Thursday while he was walked through Banks Reserve.
Mayor Alannah MacTiernan said the case was proving puzzling – with the City seeking both the potential owner of the accused animals and a third party account of the 1am attack.
Ms MacTiernan said the City was trying to obtain unconfirmed records that Mr Moo was euthanised at Murdoch Veterinary Clinic after suffering serious injuries.
“We are struggling to get on top of the facts here,” she said.
“We are hoping that somebody near Banks Reserve might have heard screaming and shouting to help us corroborate the story. We are seeking to clarify the timing so we can make sure we have all the facts right.”
She said it was a “puzzling” case, with the City only becoming aware of the incident after the owner went on talkback radio about 30 hours later.
Since then, people have contacted the City about a possible suspect at an East Perth address.
“There were a couple of dogs that were staffordshire terriers but (Mr Moo’s owner) was shown photographs of those dogs and said he didn’t believe that they were the dogs that had attacked,” she said.
“But then there is other evidence that suggests that maybe there were more dogs on that site in recent days so there may have been visiting dogs.
“We are trying to make contact with the owner of the premises that has been identified by a number of residents – visiting the premises, leaving notes and trying to establish telephone links.”
Anyone with information is urged to call the City’s ranger services on 9273 6000.