The dog which attacked a 17-year-old girl and her horse last month has been destroyed after it was surrendered, but authorities are still seeking the dog’s owner.
Harvey shire corporate service executive manager Ron Scantlebury said it was likely the dog’s owner would face prosecution.
“The dog has been surrendered to a veterinary clinic and has been euthanised, ” he said.
“We haven’t finished our inquiries at this stage but we are aware of the owner of the dog and we’re endeavouring to make contact with her.”
Chalise Lange was riding her horse along Cathedral Avenue in Leschenault on January 27 when the dog bit the horse’s neck and left Chalise with a deep cut to her leg which required a skin graft and several days in hospital.
Chalise said she was “definitely relieved” that the dog had been destroyed, but urged all owners to stay cautious with their dogs in public.
“I’m happy that it won’t be a nuisance for others, but it still won’t prevent the opportunity of it happening again, ” she said.
Chalise was released from hospital last Thursday but will not be able to put weight on her leg for five weeks.
She said her horse, Bluey, was doing well after the attack but appeared timid when she had seen him.
“Normally he will come straight up to you but he got a bit cautious, ” she said.
Chalise said she hoped to ride the horse again but would be taking it slow to aid his recovery.
Chalise Lange in hospital shortly after last month's dog attack