Roaming dog 'came from behind and attacked'
A ROMA resident has bravely spoken up about being attacked by a vicious roaming dog, in an effort to educate the public.
Carri Clem was taking her two dogs running down her usual track about a year ago when a rogue canine stalked her and lashed out, as explained in a YouTube video by the Maranoa Regional Council.
"We were just running up the road, and I could just see this dog dart out of the side of my eye," she said in the video.
"I bent over to pick (my little dog) up and it came from behind and attacked me, so it's actually knocked me over on top of my little dog.
"It grabbed me by the calf muscle - I screamed and my big dog got him off me."
Mrs Clem suffered a huge wound on her calf muscle and was hospitalised for three days, and was forced to take sick leave because she was unable to walk.
"There's two weeks of my sick pay and all that wasted because somebody couldn't lock up their dog," she said.
The incident scarred Mrs Clem so much that she feared running back down the same road she'd used for 20 years.
She said dog owners to be mindful of their animals and the damage they could do if left unchecked.
"With dog attacks all too common in our towns, I think it's important for people to get a first-hand account of the very real consequences of not making sure your dog is restrained," she said.
"Everyone should feel safe going for a run or walk - it's only fair that all pet owners do their part and secure their animals."
Maranoa Regional Councillor Puddy Chandler said roaming dog numbers had dropped, but required the community's help to ensure it was kept under control.
"Wandering dog numbers have dropped since we have had more Community Safety Officers out and about and have been undertaking education programs in our schools and community," she said.
"We do have to continue our efforts to ensure numbers continue to fall.
"We thank Carri for sharing her story, and all Maranoa pet owners who are setting an example by doing the right thing."