By Chris JonesTruck drivers have been warned to be careful when they leave their vehicles unattended in an area where they may be attacked by a dog.
Tow straps are a common feature in many motorhome trailers but it has also become a common sight in rural areas and the outback.
Drivers who leave their trailers unattended have to keep their trailer on the roadside at all times.
The tow strap prevents the dog from getting a hold of the trailer and can cause damage to the trailer.
While the tow straps are not dangerous to humans they do come with a price and some people choose to keep the straps on at all costs.
However, tow straps can also be useful in rural Australia.
The Queensland Government is launching a $50,000 reward for anyone who can identify and report a dog attack on a trailer.
The Queensland Government’s Rural Emergency Response Team (RETR) has launched a reward of $50K for information leading to the arrest and conviction of a person responsible for dog attacks on trailers.
Rebecca White, a police spokesperson for the Queensland Government, said that the RETR team was working closely with Queensland Police Service Animal Offences Squad (OPSAR) and Queensland Police Dogs Unit to identify and arrest a person who was responsible for the attacks.
“In the early days of the new year we were alerted to the need for a response to a number of dog attacks,” Ms White said.
“We have been working closely closely with the Queensland Police to identify, apprehend and bring to justice a person or persons responsible for these attacks.”
Police are urging the public to be aware of the importance of keeping trailers and other vehicle infrastructure in good repair and to ensure they have all the necessary electrical wiring and accessories.
The RETR is looking for anyone with information that leads to an arrest or conviction of the person responsible.
Anyone who sees an unattended trailer or other vehicle should immediately call the Queensland Ambulance Service on 13 11 14 or 1800 111.