Dogs to be put down
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.