A NRL star’s dog has killed a pet greyhound just months after it brutally attacked another dog.
John and Karen Gowans, who live in Bateau Bay on the New South Wales central coast, said their 11 year old pet greyhound Ruby was mauled to death by Jai Arrow’s staffordshire terrier Thor just 100 meters from their home.
Arrow plays as lock for the South Sydney Rabbitohs. His Instagram account of him includes multiple pictures of Thor and his other dog Koda.
Mr Gowans told Channel 9 station NBN that he was walking Ruby earlier this month when Thor came running out of a nearby home and headed towards his pet.
“This other dog was just on her like a flash,” Mr Gowans said.
“I didn’t see it coming, I couldn’t protect her, and I couldn’t do anything.”
Ruby’s wounds included a punctured thorax, a dislocated jaw and deep cuts. She couldn’t be saved by the vet and later died.
Arrow was not walking Thor when the attack happened.
Thor had already been declared a dangerous dog by Sydney’s Waverley Council after it mauled another dog in the city’s east in April. Dangerous dogs must wear a muzzle and be secured with a leash. In addition, the owner has to notify the local council if the dog is to be moved out of the local government area.
The Daily Telegraph reported that in an email to Mr Gowan’s brother in law, Arrow had said he told Central Coast Council that Thor would be staying with someone in the area.
“I just wanted to see if the injured party wanted to talk because I just want to help and in regards to the incidents I haven’t been there for either of them and have had people who I trusted look after Thor and things went pair shaped (sic),” Arrow wrote.
However, Waverly Council said it had not been notified that Thor had left his usual residence in Sydney. Central Coast Council is currently holding Thor.
Mr Gowan said he wanted Arrow to be held accountable for the incident.
“I just don’t understand how if things had been done properly (at) Waverley my dog would be alive.”
Arrow’s dog’s second brutal attack
In April, Thor attacked a miniature schnauzer named Millie on Bronte Beach in Sydney.
At the time, Arrow was in hospital and the dog was being walked by his flatmate and Rabbitohs forward Liam Knight.
Millie’s owner Kate Muir said she was left with a $10,000 vet bill following the mauling.
“I attempted to pick Millie up but the dog has latched on to Millie’s right-hand side and shoulder and upper leg and knocked me to the ground, so I now have injuries to my hand and face,” Ms Muir told The Daily Telegraph.
Millie was left with injuries that included her fur being ripped off in places revealing the flesh beneath.
Arrow apologized for the attack and paid for Millie’s vet bills.
“We never meant for anything like this to happen. It’s the first time anything like this has happened with him,” Arrow said.
“Dogs are very much part of people’s families and, hopefully, we can help with the other dog’s recovery.”