Gertrude's beloved pet chickens killed in dog act
GERTRUDE Reynolds says she shouldn't have to fence peoples dogs out of her yard, they should have to fence their dogs in.
The Koongal resident and previously proud chicken owner has had to part ways with her laying hens after roaming dogs attacked her pets, leaving one of them dead.
She now wants to see dog owners take responsibility, to keep other pets in the neighbourhood safe.
"I've been pestered with dogs around here...I've had dogs trying to get into the (chicken cage)," Gertrude said.
"They mainly roam of a night but they have been here of a day. I fight with people, telling them to keep their dogs home."
Gertrude, who sent her chickens off to live in the country with her daughter, said her hens "were pets" and just as important as any dog.
"I was upset about (the hen being killed) of course. I ended up getting a dog trap from the council but I never caught any," she said.
"I'm not against dogs but the owners make it bad for them, they reckon the dogs are like their babies so why are they roaming the streets?"
Gertrude who has the back of her house fenced because of the dogs is now looking at fencing around the rest of her house but says she shouldn't have to in order to keep dogs away from her yard.
"I would like to see people control their dogs and I often ring the council about the dogs roaming and people walk their dogs without leashes," she said.
"There are rules but people are not in control of their dogs, it's the dogs that do a lot of damage.
"I just wish that people would look after their animals, I would like a dog but I'm not fenced and I won't have one."