South Sydney dog Rabbitoh Jai Arrow is said to have attacked his trainer’s pet Labradoodle, just a year after the Origin attacker had to abandon another of his pets after killing a greyhound.
Channel Nine rugby league reporter Danny Weidler revealed the incident on Twitter after a week of controversy at Redfern which saw club legend Sam Burgess quit as assistant manager.
The Rabbitohs’ season will be on the line this week when they take on former rivals Sydney Roosters for a place in the NRL top eight.
It has been reported that Burgess and Demetriou have fallen out over the treatment of star players Cody Walker and Latrell Mitchell, while there have been other reports of unrest including a video session blow-up and Walker leaving the club. ‘training.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs striker got into trouble over the behavior of his dogs before this latest alleged incident
Arrow’s dogs Koda and Rocky play together in an image the Queensland State of Origin player posted to his Instagram account.
Demetriou has been under pressure after facing internal opposition from assistants Sam Burgess and John Morris over the treatment of star players Latrell Mitchell and Cody Walker.
If things weren’t bad enough for Jason Demetriou, his cavoodle was attacked by Jai Arrows’ dog at practice on Sunday. The Bunnies were observing a ‘bring your dog to work’ day. okay,” Weidler posted.
Weidler then added, “UPDATE: JD has been in touch. The puppy is fine. Labradoodle not Cavoodle.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have been contacted for comment.
Just days before the reported attack, Arrow posted an image of his two pet dogs, Rocky and Koda, to social media. It remains unclear which dog was involved in the incident.
“Rocky was made for modeling, me and Koda not so much. We did our best,” Arrow posted.
Arrow had posted this image with his dogs Rocky and Coda the day before the alleged attack on his trainer’s pet in training.
Arrow’s former South Sydney teammate George Burgess made the comment on the image before it was taken down on Monday.
A number of teammates, including Damien Cook and Taane Milne, teased Arrow about the post, while former Rabbitohs prop George Burgess posted “three trained killers” with a laughing emoji.
Burgess’ comment has since been deleted.
“Hello, this has aged well,” posted a follower.
“As a big dog lover, unfortunately one has to ask the question… does this say anything about the owner of the dog when a number of his dogs over the past three years have acted like this way ?” asked another.
“What are you doing to make sure this one doesn’t grow up to kill other dogs?” wrote a third commenter.
The report comes almost a year to the day since Arrow was forced to surrender his American Staffordshire Terrier Thor to be shot in a separate attack.
Arrow is a self-proclaimed dog lover who regularly posts pictures with his pets Rocky and Koda on social media.
Arrow’s American Staffordshire Terrier Thor (pictured left) was shot dead by the Central Coast Council after killing a greyhound.
Thor was involved in two attacks, maiming and killing an 11-year-old greyhound named Ruby at Bateau Bay on the NSW central coast last July.
Arrow was furious at the time.
“I think it’s an absolute shame that they couldn’t even warn me and at least give me the decency to go and say goodbye to him,” Arrow told Channel Nine.
Arrow’s comments came after his lawyer, Paul McGirr, hammered the “courageless” advice, before announcing he would “explore all legal avenues”.
“They (Coast Central Council) culled the dog on Friday, then on Friday at 4.45pm they emailed me saying they would exercise their powers and they would cull the dog – and yet they had already done,” McGirr said.
“We were looking to appeal the council’s decision to the Supreme Court and throughout that process we asked them not to do anything.
“We have written further correspondence to the (Central Coast Council) and asked to be present, together with Mr Arrow, to explain the position of Jai who was not present near the dog in any of the alleged attacks.”
Sam Burgess left the Rabbitohs last week after a disagreement with coach Demetriou during a difficult week for the club.
Social media commentators criticized Arrow at the time.
“This dog must unfortunately be asleep. Devastating for Ruby and her family. This greyhound didn’t deserve this. Thor had been disappointed,” one posted.
“What a handsome boy, rather sad as he would be such a good dog with good training,” posted another.
“If this guy wants to own these high maintenance dogs, he needs to be more responsible with training and control,” another added.
Arrow’s dog had previously been labeled as ‘dangerous’ by council in Waverly, Sydney’s east.
The move came after former Arrow bandmate Liam Knight was walking Thor in Bronte Beach when the dog attacked Sydney resident Kate Muir’s miniature schnauzer, Millie.
The owner was also injured and the dog’s veterinary bills totaled approximately $10,000.
“We deeply apologize to the family and the dog for this incident,” Arrow said at the time.