Owner fined, dog put down after at­tack

Albany Advertiser - - NEWS - Tim Ed­munds

A re­stricted breed dog which at­tacked three peo­ple in Kal­gan ear­lier this year has been or­dered to be put down after its owner was fined more than $2000 this week for the at­tack.

Dy­lan By­ron Ron­ald Cas­sells was fined a to­tal of $2600 in Al­bany Mag­is­trate’s Court on Mon­day, stem­ming from four charges from the dog at­tack in May.

City of Al­bany pros­e­cu­tors al­leged Mr Cas­sells’ pink nose pit­bull ter­rier named Turbo, which is de­clared a re­stricted breed, al­legedly at­tacked three peo­ple on May 11 when it was not in an en­clo­sure or on a leash.

In court on Mon­day, Mr Cas­sells was fined $800 and $1000 over two counts of dog at­tack or chase caus­ing phys­i­cal in­jury, $400 for the charge of dog at­tack or chase caus­ing no phys­i­cal in­jury, and $400 for dan­ger­ous dog not con­trolled by ca­pa­ble per­son. An or­der for the dog’s de­struc­tion was also or­dered by the courts.

Un­der the Dog Act, a re­stricted breed must wear a spe­cial col­lar that iden­ti­fies it as a dan­ger­ous dog, be con­fined in an en­clo­sure that pre­vents es­cape, and be muz­zled un­der the con­trol of an adult.

City ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor de­vel­op­ment ser­vices Paul Camins said dog at­tacks would con­tinue to be pros­e­cuted and he re­minded dog own­ers of their re­spon­si­bil­i­ties.

“Dog at­tacks are a risk to the per­sonal safety of peo­ple and other pets in our com­mu­nity, and in­ci­dents such as this case are very trau­matic for the vic­tims, can cause se­ri­ous in­juries and in ex­treme cases even death,” he said.

“The City’s rangers have been pro­fes­sional through­out this in­ves­ti­ga­tion and their focus on keep­ing our com­mu­nity safe means they will con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate in­ci­dents like this to pros­e­cute those re­spon­si­ble.”

In Septem­ber it was re­vealed dog at­tacks in Al­bany had more than doubled in the past five years.

“Dog at­tacks are very se­ri­ous and it is a re­minder that there are laws for re­spon­si­ble dog own­er­ship and breaches can in­cur sig­nif­i­cant penal­ties, so we urge all dog own­ers to en­sure they keep their dogs un­der con­trol at all times,” Mr Camins said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.