IT is not normally the burglars who call the police when robbing a house.

But this is what happened when two youths tried to break into expat Gerard Carroll’s house in Pruna last week.

The pair were forced to call police after his guard dogs pinned one of them to the ground and refused to let the other go.

The masteins jumped over a four foot wall to get at the thieves, one of whom is said to be the son of a local fire chief.

“They were so scared one of them called the police in panic,” said Caroll, 52, who bought the dogs after his home was burgled a year ago.

“The police did absolutely nothing after my first burglary and there has been a spate of burglaries ever since.

“I decided to take the matter into my own hands and it seems to have worked.”

Carroll explained that he had the dogs specially trained to guard the house in the event of a burglary.

One of the burglars is still receiving treatment in hospital.

“It just shows this is the only way crime can be dealt with here otherwise it will just keep happening,” Carroll added.


  1. The Mastein is a very rare breed. They are originally from Tasmania and were used by Aboriginees to hunt Tasmanian Devils. They look somewhat similar to a Great Dane and are very strong, and the smaller Aboriginees actually used to ride them like horses. I believe that in America they are being crossed with Pit Bull terriers for fighting.

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