Contractors hunt saltie after kelpie attack

 

THE days are numbered for a crocodile that attacked a pet dog at Palm Cove.

The Department of Environment and Science has confirmed contractors had been tasked with removing a saltwater crocodile, believed to be about 2m long, from the South Palm Cove estuary, near Alamanda Palm Cove resort.

The croc attacked a seven-year-old kelpie named Frankie belonging to Chill Cafe owner Tony Moore at the creek on Tuesday night.

Chill Cafe owner Tony Moore was walking his two dogs, Kelpie cross Cattle Dog Frankie and Rhodesian Ridgeback Duke (pictured) along Deep Creek at Palm Cove when Frankie entered the water and was attacked by a crocodile. Despite injuries to her rear legs, Frankie survived. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE.
Chill Cafe owner Tony Moore was walking his two dogs, Kelpie cross Cattle Dog Frankie and Rhodesian Ridgeback Duke (pictured) along Deep Creek at Palm Cove when Frankie entered the water and was attacked by a crocodile. Despite injuries to her rear legs, Frankie survived. PICTURE: BRENDAN RADKE.

The dog escaped from the reptile's jaws without any serious injuries.

A DES spokesman said while no official report of the attack had been made to the department, officers had been made aware of the incident via media.

He said as the incident had occurred in Cairns' active removal zone under the state's Crocodile Management Plan, it would be removed from the waterway.

Far North Queenslanders should expect crocs in all waterways, even if there is no warning sign.

People are urged to always supervise children near the water and keep pets on a lead.

Originally published as Palm Cove croc to be captured after dog attack