One dog attack per day recorded in Blacktown


Magdalena Jablonski and Jackie Alba defend their dogs’ breed and blame lack of nurture not nature. Picture: CARMELA ROCHE
Source: The Daily Telegraph

THE western Sydney suburb of Blacktown has more than one dog attack recorded per day but two women have defended some of the most notorious breeds.

Dog trainer Jackie Alba, who runs K9 Training Academy at Just Pets in St Marys, and Magdalena Jablonski, who owns four dogs, said breeds such as the pitbull and american staffordshire weren’t necessarily aggressive by nature.

Dogged by reputation: Blacktown duo defend canines

“Dogs don’t get trained, they don’t get socialised,” Ms Alba said. “They have the potential to be dangerous in the wrong hands but so does a chihuahua.

The pair said backyard breeders were a big part of the problem because they didn’t care who they sold the dogs to and how they were treated.

“It’s all about how you raise them. We are actually making them aggressive, a lot of dogs are bred for fighting,” Ms Alba said.

Ms Jablonski added: “People need to get educated. You’ve got to treat your dog right.

“A dog will put its life on the line for its owner and, for some people who cannot have children, they become like a child for them.”

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