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DELIVERING COMMUNITY NEWS ACROSS CANBERRA AND QUEANBEYAN
Volume 16 No. 35
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2011
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NEW CMAG BOSS AIMS TO
VILLAGE RESIDENTS FIGHT
FOR NEW LAWS
Queanbeyan Veterinary Hospital director Michael Archinal believes banning specific breeds will lessen the
amount of dog attacks.
Picture: Elesa Lee
in the city
Residents fear attacks
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A QUEANBEYAN resident believes
dog legislation in NSW needs to be
tightened after she has been charged at
several times by aggressive dogs.
Kellie Samana says she is now
fearful going for walks around the city.
On one occasion, when she was
seven months pregnant, Ms Samana
was confronted by two aggressive dogs
that had escaped from their home.
"The door was open and the dogs
charged," she said.
"I started running and my husband
scared them off.
"If my husband hadn't been there he
wouldn't have been able to intercept."
In another instance she was fol-
lowed by a growling, snarling dog that
had also escaped.
An elderly woman walking her dog
then came towards her, and Ms
Samana warned the lady to turn around
and leave before the animal attacked.
A resident saw what was happening
and came to their aid by swinging a
lead to scare the aggressive animal
Two weeks ago Ms Samana was
horrified to see what she believed to be
two pit bulls off lead at a Queanbeyan
park with the owner.
Ms Samana said the animals were
not muzzled and she was glad there
were no children around. "If we get a
conversation started [in the com-
munity] and legislation was changed it
would be beneficial," she said.
"The laws aren't as strict as Victoria
is proposing -- if they were, it would
force owners to take more respons-
The Victorian Government is con-
sidering jail terms for owners of
dangerous dogs that attack and could
carry a maximum penalty of 20 years.
Pit bull owners have until Sept-
ember 30 to register their restricted
breed dog or face having the animal
destroyed. The legislation will also
make pit bull crosses a restricted breed.
The Government took action follow-
ing a fatal attack on a four-year-old girl
by a pit bull cross last month.
Queanbeyan Veterinary Hospital
director Michael Archinal said he was
concerned about the Victorian legis-
lation in relation to pit bull identifi-
"The only way to categorically
identify a pit bull is a DNA test," he
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