Belle’s back

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Emily Smith

BELLE the dog has been on a great ad­ven­ture, cour­tesy of lo­cal ratepay­ers.

After be­ing im­pounded in Monto on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 20, a Gayn­dah coun­cil worker was paid to make the 304km round trip to col­lect the blue heeler and take her to Gayn­dah.

Own­ers Wendy and Gor­don Coul­ston ar­rived back home that evening to find no sign of their dog.

“Belle is usu­ally here to greet us when we get home. But I woke up and found my friend had shared an im­pound­ment no­tice from the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil on Face­book,” Mrs Coul­ston said.

“So we rung the coun­cil and said Gor­don was com­ing in to col­lect her.

“It wasn’t un­til he was al­ready in town that we found out they had taken her to Gayn­dah!”

But the coun­cil was quick to re­turn Belle, driv­ing her on another ratepayer-funded jour­ney up from Gayn­dah to the Mulgildie prop­erty by 11.45am on Fri­day.

“At the end of the day it’s just in­ef­fi­ciency. You wouldn’t run pri­vate en­ter­prise like that,” Mrs Coul­ston said.

“She hadn’t been miss­ing long be­fore they de­cided to take her to Gayn­dah.”

Belle was first found less than 250m from the Coul­stons’ prop­erty and as she is a work­ing dog she isn’t regis­tered.

“They said they took her to Gayn­dah be­cause the week­end was com­ing up, and they didn’t have the fa­cil­i­ties to look after her in Monto,” Mrs Coul­ston said.

“What they should have done is put her straight on the Monto Buy Swap Sell Face­book page. Ev­ery­one looks at that, some­one we know would have recog­nised her.”

The coun­cil’s David Wiskar said the 608km of mileage un­der­taken for the dog was partly be­cause the dog con­troller had to be in Monto on Fri­day any­way.

“But we have an obli­ga­tion to look after the dog and the fa­cil­ity to do so is in Gayn­dah,” he said.


WIDELY TRAV­ELLED: Gor­don Coul­ston­was glad to have his dog Belle back, after she­was sent to Gayn­dah and back by the North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil.

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