Pres­i­dent backs staff

Hills Gazette (Kalamunda) - - NEWS - Sarah Brookes

MUN­DAR­ING Shire Pres­i­dent John Daw has pub­licly sup­ported Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive Jonathan Throssell and Shire staff in­volved in a re­cent high-pro­file dog pros­e­cu­tion case.

A three-day crim­i­nal trial in the Perth Mag­is­trates Court be­tween the Shire and Si­mon Hey ruled on Jan­uary 30 that lawyers act­ing on be­half of the Shire were un­able to prove be­yond a rea­son­able doubt that Mr Hey’s dogs, Two Sox and Floyd, had killed 39 sheep in the Lakes in 2016.

Cr Daw said he was con­fi­dent Mr Throssell and his staff acted law­fully and with in­tegrity through­out the en­tire mat­ter.

“The CEO has pro­vided me with an ex­ten­sive brief­ing in re­gards to this mat­ter and has af­forded me and other coun­cil­lors the op­por­tu­nity to re­view the rel­e­vant doc­u­men­ta­tion, in­clud­ing the le­gal ad­vice ob- tained by the Shire,” he said.

“As a re­sult, I am con­fi­dent the pros­e­cu­tion process was car­ried out ap­pro­pri­ately.

“Coun­cil sup­ports our rangers, who have a very dif­fi­cult job to do.

“They of­ten face un­war­ranted and ag­gres­sive be­hav­iour from res­i­dents who are in breach of the Dog Act.

“Our com­mu­nity de­pends on our rangers to make our safety a pri­or­ity.

“Sim­i­larly, our res­i­dents ap­pre­ci­ate what the rangers do on our be­half.”

Cr Daw said he ac­knowl­edged that some im­prove­ments needed to be made to the ex­ist­ing pro­ce­dures.

“How­ever, I am con­fi­dent that the CEO is tak­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate mea­sures to ad­dress th­ese,” Cr Daw said.

“I am also pleased to re­port that sev­eral changes have al­ready been im­ple­mented.

“The Shire has hired an in­de­pen­dent con­sul­tant to re­view ex­ist­ing pro­ce­dures per­tain­ing to en­force­ment of leg­is­la­tion which lo­cal gov­ern­ment is re­spon­si­ble for, in­clud­ing mat­ters such as dog at­tacks.

“The re­view will con­sider the way in which ev­i­dence is cur­rently col­lected, the in­ves­ti­ga­tion process and en­force­ment op­tions, in­clud­ing pros­e­cu­tion.”

Pic­ture: David Baylis d479722

Floyd (left) and Two Sox were ac­quit­ted of killing 39 sheep on a prop­erty in The Lakes in 2016.

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