Illegal dog breeding ‘undetected, undetectable’

A coroner today said she was concerned about deficiencies in the policing of illegal backyard breeding of dangerous dogs.

Coroner Kim Parkinson said the breeding of these dogs could be “undetected and undetectable” in the community.

Ms Parkinson told the Coroner’s Court she had asked police to make further inquiries after Nick Josevski, the owner of a pit bull mastiff which had attacked and killed four-year-old Ayen Chol on August 17 last year, claimed he was never told the dog’s breed when his cousin gave it to him as a puppy.

The coroner said it appeared dangerous dogs were being bred without regulation and supervision.

Josevski’s dog was never registered with the Brimbank City Council.

The dog – a five-year-old 40 kilogram pit bull mastiff named Rex – was being looked after by Nick’s father, Lazor, while he was overseas when Rex escaped from under the roller door of the garage at the family’s St Albans home and started attacking people in a house across the road before killing Ayen.

Ms Parkinson said today her focus for the inquest into Ayen’s death was what happened, why it happened and if anything could be done to prevent a similar dog attack from happening again.

Nick Josevski admitted he was a little concerned when the dog’s veterinarian told him before the attack on Ayen that Rex might be a pit bull but the dog had never been aggressive.

“I wasn’t concerned Rex was a threat to the community. He was always well-behaved,” he said.

The court has been told Rex’s first victim was Nyadeng Goer, 5, who was pinned to the ground by the dog and bitten on the back of her head causing serious injuries.

The girl’s mother, Angelina Mayout, grabbed hold of the dog’s collar and the dog turned and began biting her left arm.

Ayen was clinging to her mother Jacklin Ancaito’s leg when the dog attacked her.

In a statement tendered to the court, Ms Ancaito said Ayen was “very scared and she was screaming”.

“When the dog first grabbed my daughter I heard her scream once and I never heard her scream again.

“The dog was shaking my daughter from side to side and was dragging her backwards into the kitchen. He dragged her to the fridge and he could not go any further because there was a wall. I was hitting the dog with my hands and trying to pull the dog away but he would not let go of my daughter. There was blood all over the kitchen floor.”

Ayen died after suffering serious injuries to her face, head and neck.

Lazor Josevski claimed that if Rex had ever shown any signs of aggression, he would have had him put down.

Josevski, 58, pleaded guilty last month to four charges over the fatal dog attack because the dog had been under his control at the time and was fined a total of $11,000.

He could not be jailed as new laws, under which owners of dangerous dogs that cause death now face 10 years’ jail, were introduced in the wake of Ayen’s death.

The dog has been destroyed.

The inquest continues.

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