News

1.8m eastern brown snake no match for Vince the Kelpie

HERO DOG: Vince is one brave pooch after defending his owner Lexie Lewington from a six-foot brown snake.
HERO DOG: Vince is one brave pooch after defending his owner Lexie Lewington from a six-foot brown snake. Quintin Maddern

VINCE is not your ordinary dog.

The eight-year-old kelpie staffy cross protected his owner by fighting off a 1.8m eastern brown snake.

Owner Lexie Lewington said she could not be more happy to have her four-legged friend back in one piece, and praised the amazing work of veterinarians.

"I was riding my quad bike with Vince running beside me (on my property)," she said. "It leapt out biting Vince (but) he bravely fought off the eastern brown snake."

Ms Lewington said people needed to be vigilant and take precautions to protect their pets.

"Snake attacks are on the rise everywhere - pet owners need to keep their yards clean, use solar-powered snake repellent and build their pens off the ground," she said.

Doctor Joanne Hanssens of the Maranoa Veterinary Surgery said it had been a rapid start to the snake season.

"Eight dogs were presented with snakebite symptoms in the last three days from Saturday afternoon to Monday night at the Maranoa Veterinary Surgery," she said.

"Snake are just coming out of hibernation and it's quite severe.

"There are more snakes around compared to the last few years."

Topics:  brown snake dog editors picks roma


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Christmas taken to the streets

CHRISTMAS WISH: Emmielu Probst with Santa.

IT REALLY is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Roma.

Domestic violence victim figures in pieces after attack

SHAME: Zonta's Teresa Badgery, Christina Waldron, Katie Garbutt and Megan Devlin look at the damage done to the club's anti-violence installation.

A SYMBOL of the stand against domestic violence has been destroyed.

Chinchilla shooting victim says he didn't see his attacker

Police markers near where the 21-year-old was allegedly shot on Auburn Road, outside Chinchilla.

Shooting victim maintains he did not see where bullet came from

Local Partners

Jennifer Lawrence gives keys to new partner

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence

Oscar winner settling down with new partner

Rogue One star proud to lead new Star Wars film

Felicity Jones leads the new Star Wars film

Star Wars lead proud to be in front in sci-fi

What's on the small screen this week

Ernie Dingo stars in the TV series Going Places with Ernie Dingo.

ERNIE Dingo stars in a new travel series and Seven airs the AACTAs.

Mandy Moore feels like she's 60

Mandy Moore sees herself as a 60-year-old rather than a 32-year-old

Goooodbye Hamish and Andy (from our radios)

Hamish and Andy

The pair have been on air since 2006

David Attenborough on facing his mortality

Sir David Attenborough in a scene from the TV special The Death of the Oceans.

Life without Sir David Attenborough is hard to imagine

Chinese locked out of Australian property market

The rules are different if you're a foreigner

The buyer was from China - the trouble started right there

Morrison signs off on new affordable rental model

Australia's Treasurer Scott Morrison speaks during a press conference after a meeting of the Council of Federal Financial Relations at Parliament House in Canberra, Friday, Dec. 2, 2016.

Scott Morrison signed off on development of a new financing model

Coast high-flyer's fight back from bankruptcy, $72m debt

Scott Juniper went from millionaire developer to declaring bankruptcy in2012, now he is back on top of his game again with new developments including this one in Coolum.

'Apocalyptic lending storm' causes financial collapse.

How your home can earn you big $$$$ this Christmas

This luxury Twin Waters home rents out over Christmas for more than $6000 a week.

Home owners earning thousands renting out their homes this Christmas

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!