Mayor’s dog involved in attack on Gold Coast street

Council rangers have been called in to investigate an attack involving the Mayor’s own dog.

Jaidee, an American bulldog, escaped from Tom Tate’s yard at Sorrento after a door was accidentally left open.

Not long after the dog approached a woman walking a small dog a couple of streets away before Jaidee got into a fight with the small dog.


The woman suffered a minor flesh wound but she did not require assistance from paramedics.

According to Mayor Tate, a passerby helped to separate the dogs before he and wife Ruth arrived on the scene.

Jaidee was taken home by Ruth while Mayor Tate helped the lady and checked over her dog before walking them home.

Tom Tate with dogs Boss and Jaidee (right). Image | Supplied AWLQ

In a statement Mayor Tate says council animal management officers have been made aware of the incident and are treating it like any other dog attack.

“City officers have visited the other dog owner involved to get her statement. They have also visited my home and ensured my house and Jaidee are safely secured, along with my statement.

“Jaidee has no previous animal management history with the City since Ruth and I rescued him from the pound.”

“This is an unfortunate incident and Ruth and myself are deeply upset ourselves being dog lovers.”

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How is BJ?No one is saying.He is a tiny little friendly snauzer that plays with my dog on a regular basis.His owner is a sweet lady who has had major surgery last year.BJ is always on a lead.This must be so traumatic for her.


I doubt his dog was trying to attack the small dog, probably wanting to play and was spooked by the owners reaction. I also have an American bulldog whom is the most beautiful nature although often her playfulness can be miss judged and in turn owners frightened. If the lady tried to pick her dog up I can see how this may have happened. I know it’s not her fault but small dog owners also need to be aware of how to act if a large dog approaches there dog.

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That’s all very well to say oh, dont pick up your little dog, but when a large/ huge dog is coming ,being playful or not, I’m dammed if I’m going to leave my 4.5 kg on the ground for it to snap in fear, & in turn get mauled or killed in one bite!!!


I live near where the attack happened in Freyburg Street. That little dog was screaming for at least a minute while it was being attacked by the bigger dog. I could hear it from inside my double brick house. This wasn’t playful yaps, or barking.

This story is one-sided as it only based on what the Mayor said, and he wasn’t even there when the attack happened, arriving only after the fact.

If the guy in the ute who was driving by hadn’t have come by, the little dog would be dead, and it’s owner would have been next.