Fined for dog at­tacks

Goat and sheep had to be put down

Mandurah Coastal Times - - NEWS - Vic­to­ria Ri­fici

A LAKE Clifton woman has been con­victed and fined af­ter her two dogs sav­agely at­tacked a goat and a sheep, lead­ing to them be­ing put down.

Michelle Leanne Fullar­ton was found guilty in Man­durah Mag­is­trates Court last week of be­ing li­able for a dog at­tack on an an­i­mal, and two counts of hav­ing a dog in a place with­out con­sent.

Shire of Mur­ray prose­cu­tor Ron Porter said Shadow, a female, light tan stafford­shire bull ter­rier cross and a female black mas­tiff named Bella en­tered Ta­nia Robin Yeo­mans’ prop­erty at Newn­ham Road at 4.45pm on July 6 this year.

Mrs Yeo­mans was at her prop­erty show­ing real es­tate agent Steven James Petty around the prop­erty when they saw Shadow chas­ing and bit­ing the shoul­der area of her female white goat named Nanny.

Mr Porter said Bella was then seen run­ning in af­ter Shadow and at­tack­ing the goat be­fore both dogs took Nanny to the ground.

Mrs Yeo­mans se­cured Shadow and con­tin­ued to the back of her prop­erty with Mr Petty.

They found a brown and white ram that had bite marks on its rump and wool ripped from its body.

Mr Porter said Mrs Yeo­mans re­turned to the goat and se­cured Bella be­fore assess­ing the in­juries to her goat and sheep.

The goat had mul­ti­ple bite marks to its neck, armpits, belly and rump with a blood stream com­ing from its neck. The goat and sheep were put down due to the sig­nif­i­cance of the in­juries.

Bella and Shadow, at the time of the of­fences, were un­der the con­trol of the ac­cused.

Mr Porter said there were vet bills for putting down of the an­i­mals but the Shire was not able to get a com­pen­sa­tion or­der yet.

He said Fullar­ton’s ru­ral fence, where her dogs were housed, was in­ad­e­quate.

The dogs have since been re­lo­cated to a prop­erty in Wa­roona where fenc­ing is se­cure.

The max­i­mum penalty for a per­son li­able for a dog at­tack on a per­son or an­i­mal is $10,000.

The max­i­mum penalty for a dog in a place with­out con­sent is $5000.

Mag­is­trate Anne Long­den fined Fullar­ton $2000.

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