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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Circus dog mauled to death

Mates: Circus Royale manager Damian Syred on the road with his trusty pal Dexter.
from:merredinmercury.com.au
09 Mar, 2011
A PET Chihuahua named Dexter, owned by Circus Royale manager Damian Syred, was mauled to death by a large black stray dog in Merredin on Saturday, February 26.Staff from Circus Royale said the loss of Dexter was devastating for the tight-knit circus community.
They said the stray dog which attacked Dexter was accompanied by a second large black dog and both were ‘roo dogs’.
A roo dog is a breed of dog similar in appearance to a greyhound, but with longer hair, which is bred for hunting game like rabbits and kangaroos.
After the attack, the dog which killed Dexter ran away but the second dog was caught and detained at the Merredin Pound and was likely to be put down as the owners did not pick it up within 72 hours.
Circus staff called for Merredin locals to be on the lookout for the other dog as it was dangerous and could pose a threat to other pets and small children in Merredin.

Missed: Dexter was a much loved member of the circus.
They also called for the owners of the stray dogs to own up and take responsibility for their pets.
It was a hard week for the Circus Royale team, as two of its staff members were injured in a car rollover on Thursday, February 24 near Moorine Rock.
They were returning to Southern Cross after delivering circus equipment to Merredin as part of their hectic schedule.
Circus staff explained said the 56-year-old male driver of the car swerved when a kangaroo jumped in front of the car at 4am.
He and the passenger, a 19-year-old female aerial acrobatics performer, were flown to Perth by the Royal Flying Doctor Service, but by Monday both were out of hospital and recovering.
Due to the acrobat’s injuries, two acts were missing from the circus’s performance in Merredin that weekend.
However, it’s expected she will make a recovery and return to performing.

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