Dogs to be put down

Kwinana Courier - - Front Page - FIRST RE­PORTED AT Com­mu­ni­tynews.com.au

TWO peo­ple have to pay more than $13,000 in fines and costs af­ter their dog ripped a limb off an­other dog. A mag­is­trate has or­dered the de­struc­tion of two dogs.

TWO peo­ple have to pay more than $13,000 in fines and costs af­ter their dog ripped a limb off an­other dog.

Ward Glenn Ro­han and Stephanie Joanne McGlew orig­i­nally pleaded not guilty to fail­ing to reg­is­ter a dog and hav­ing con­trol of a dog that at­tacked a per­son or an­i­mal and caused in­jury.

Mag­is­trate Gregory Smith doubted the strength of their case.

“Are you se­ri­ous about that; you’ve plead­ing not guilty be­cause you don’t want your dog put down?” he said.

“And you’re say­ing that the in­jured dog was ag­gres­sive to your dog. Your dog was on its (in­jured dog’s) prop­erty, it was de­fend­ing its own prop­erty. Are you se­ri­ously de­fend­ing on that ba­sis?”

A trial date was set but the pair changed their pleas to guilty on July 28.

Sen­tenc­ing was be­fore Mag­is­trate Leanne Atkins on Au­gust 4.

Ro­han owned Nugget, a brindle coloured bull ter­rier, and McGlew owned Gypsy, a white bull ter­rier.

The City of Rock­ing­ham pros­e­cu­tor said an el­derly pen­sioner was awo­ken about 3am to sounds of dis­tress from his jack rus­sell ter­rier Sa­teen on Fe­bru­ary 3.

The pen­sioner went out­side to find Sa­teen in the mouth of Nugget. Fear­ing for his dog’s and his own safety, he yelled and threw things at Nugget in a bid to get it to let go of Sa­teen. It even­tu­ally let go and ran away.

He called the rangers and took his dog im­me­di­ately to the vets.

Later, the pen­sioner was in his yard col­lect­ing his dog’s body parts when Gypsy charged and chased him back in­side his house, with Gypsy re­peat­edly throw­ing it­self against the back door.

The pen­sioner again called the rangers who re­turned to find Gypsy still act­ing in a highly ag­gres­sive man­ner. The rangers even­tu­ally sub­dued the dog and both dogs were im­pounded.

Mr Atkins or­dered the de­struc­tion of both dogs and fined Ro­han $1700, or­dered him to pay $2929 com­pen­sa­tion to the vic­tim along with $3637 costs. She fined McGlew $1200 with $3637 in costs.

The jack rus­sell sur­vived but its leg could not be saved.

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