Jenny Viteli and her cat Topsi before Topsi was attacked by wild dogs in Yandaran.
Jenny Viteli and her cat Topsi before Topsi was attacked by wild dogs in Yandaran.

Cat lucky to be alive after terrorised by wild dogs

A YANDARAN resident is grateful her cat is alive after it was viciously attacked by what is believed to be a pack of wild dogs terrorising Yandaran.

Jenny Viteli said her cat, Topsi, was discovered with a wound at the base of the tail and they rushed her to the North Bundaberg Vets.

"She had no feeling or movement in her tail so the vet, Lachlan, suggested an x-ray," Mrs Viteli said.

"The x-rays showed that the base of her tail was badly broken and displaced to such an extent that the spinal nerves were severed.

"Lachlan consulted with one of his colleagues and a feline specialist and we agreed that amputation would be the best for her.

"While it's sad to see her injured we think she's lucky to be alive."

Mrs Viteli said she suspected it was a pack of wild dogs that did the damage.

"During the operation, the vets discovered a second wound that indicates a fairly large animal bit her," she said.

Topsi's injury after being attacked by wild dogs.
Topsi's injury after being attacked by wild dogs.

"As a Maine Coone, she is also quite a large cat, so we wouldn't expect smaller animals to attack her and the force required to break her tail so badly also suggests a larger animal.

"There have been a few sightings of feral dogs around the area too, including a pack of about eight that have been attacking stock."

Mrs Viteli said they were hoping some friends could sort out the problem with the wild dogs.

"We've talked to a friend that hunts and given his details to some people in the area so that they can maybe organise with him to hunt these ferals down."

Other Yandaran residents are also concerned for the safety of their livestock after one person lost eight sheep in one night, another person lost one sheep on the same night and one resident has had calves mauled and cows chased over a number of weeks.

The resident who lost calves had spotted a pack of eight wild dogs on two separate occasions and a pack of four dogs on another occasion.

Local Councillor for Yandaran, Wayne Honour said the matters should be reported to council so steps can be taken.

"They haven't reported these events but we do have them happen from time to time," Mr Honour said.

"We would need to be consider the distance from other properties as to the types of control measures that could be used, but the environmental protection officers are expertly trained in that field and will know whether traps are needed or a baiting program.

"Domestic animals can be impacted by wild dogs as well as farming animals and it can cause extreme economic loss to individual properties.

Jenny Viteli's cat Topsi after Topsi was attacked by wild dogs in Yandaran.
Jenny Viteli's cat Topsi after Topsi was attacked by wild dogs in Yandaran.

"People should contact 1300 883 699 to inform the council of the issue."

A biosecurity Queensland spokewoman from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries said local councils are responsible for the management of wild dogs.

"Under the Biosecurity Act 2014, everyone has a general biosecurity obligation to take reasonable and practical steps to prevent or minimise the risks associated with all biosecurity matter, including invasive plants and animals, under their control," the spokeswoman said.

"Local governments must have a biosecurity plan that covers invasive plants and animals in their area.

"Local management of wild dogs is the responsibility of local councils and, as such, the public should report wild dog sightings to local government or local pest managers.

"Anyone with concerns about wild dogs should contact their local council."

A Bundaberg Regional Council spokeswoman said they had not been informed of the attacks but said it was primarily the responsibility of the land owner.

"Bundaberg Regional Council has not received any reports of wild dog attacks in the Yandaran area," the spokeswoman said.

"Management of wild dogs is primarily the responsibility of landholders, however, they are supported in this by local and state government.

"Council Land Protection Officers undertake a wild dog baiting program each year to help landowners experiencing problems.

"Baiting programs are delivered under State Government legislation."


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