A meter reader who was mauled to death by three dogs has been identified as a fiancé and canine lover, as it was revealed that the Queensland property he was visiting at the time of the attack had a fence sign warning visitors about dangerous animals.
Kane Minion, 42, was attacked by three large mixed-breed dogs, including a Bullmastiff and a Rhodesian Ridgeback, while visiting a home on Ison Road in the Greenbank suburb of Logan at 10:45 a.m. Saturday.
Mr. Minion had worked seven years for Downer’s Skilltech and was working as a contractor for Energex when he went to the property to read the energy meter.
A sign hung on the front door of the property warned visitors about the dangerous animals that lived in the house.
‘WARNING: Service Guard Dogs Do Not Enter,’ the sign read.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal that Mr. Minion loved canines before he met his gruesome end and was to marry the love of his life, Toni Baird.
A meter reader who was mauled by two dogs has been identified as a fiancé and canine lover as it was revealed that the Queensland property he was visiting at the time of the attack had a sign on its fence warning visitors about dangerous animals.
Mr. Minion had been engaged for less than a year to his partner, Ms. Baird, after proposing to her on December 24; the couple was less than three weeks away from celebrating their first anniversary since his proposal.
A sign had been posted on the front door of the property warning visitors about the dangerous animals that lived in the house.
The 42-year-old had a picture of himself cuddling a Staffordshire Bull Terrier as his Facebook profile picture.
He had been engaged for less than a year to his partner, Ms. Baird, after proposing on December 24, and the couple were less than three weeks away from celebrating their first anniversary since their proposal.
One of Manion’s friends took to Facebook Sunday afternoon to pay tribute.
“Hard to believe rest in peace bro,” he wrote.
Another lamented that Mr. Manion was “just trying to do his job.”
“I feel so bad for his family, so close to Christmas,” she wrote.
Mr. Minion was found unconscious by emergency services and succumbed to his critical injuries at the scene.
Police found three dogs at the address, two of which have been seized by the local council.
It is understood that the owners were not home at the time.
A Bandog Bullmastiff and a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix are understood to be the breed of the two dogs seized by Logan City Council animal control officers. the courier mail informed.
The Electrical Trades Union criticized the attack saying contractors should not have to fear for their lives or worry about not coming home when they are working.
“It’s a tragedy,” said ETU undersecretary and supply industry coordinator Stuart Traill.
Police found three dogs at the address, two of which were seized by the local council, although it is understood the owners were not home at the time.
The Courier-Mail reported Sunday morning that a Bandog Bullmastiff and a Rhodesian Ridgeback mix were seized by Logan City Hall animal control officers.
‘Going home after a day’s work should be a guarantee. We will work with Energex and its subcontractors to understand how this happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
ETU Secretary of State Peter Ong said the death could have been prevented.
“We will be part of the accident investigation from start to finish and make sure processes are in place to prevent another incident like this from happening anywhere in the state,” he said.
Queensland Police Acting Inspector Gary Worrell told reporters at the scene that the man was from the suburb of Marsden.
“This is also a difficult time for the owners of the residence, who are attached to their dogs,” said Acting Inspector Worrell.
Worksafe has been notified, while the police will prepare a report for the coroner.
A spokesman for the Downer Group, confirmed to ABC Mr. Minion worked in the company’s Skilltech business.
“The details of the incident are still being examined and a police investigation is underway,” they said.
Police talk to neighbors after a man was killed by dogs
Police were called to Logan following reports that three dogs had attacked a man.
Downer is extremely saddened by this tragic loss. Kane has worked with Downer’s Skilltech’s measurement business for over seven years and was a popular member of the team.
Downer extends our deepest condolences to the Kane family and we will report them at this incredibly difficult time.”
Police said Work Safe Australia had been notified, as the man was working in the Greenbank area at the time.
Greenbank is a rural suburb about 40 km south of Brisbane with a population of less than 10,000.
Ison Road contains multiple residential properties on large parcels of land.
Resident Kevin Cunnington described it as a tragedy.
“It’s terrible, just before Christmas,” he said. Poor guy doing his job and now he’s dead.