Dog owner fined $4000 for fa­tal Bayn­ton attack

Pilbara News - - News - Alicia Per­era

A Kar­ratha man has been fined $4000 over a fa­tal dog attack in Bayn­ton last month, as dog own­ers are urged to take proper care of their pets or face po­ten­tially steep con­se­quences.

Jason Forster did not ap­pear for his case be­fore Kar­ratha Mag­is­trate’s Court last Wed­nes­day but en­tered pleas of guilty to four charges re­lat­ing to the attack un­der the Dog Act.

City of Kar­ratha se­nior ranger Kim Sparks, who pros­e­cuted the case, said on the evening of Novem­ber 9, Forster and his un­teth­ered white male “staffy” had come across a woman walk­ing her two dogs on Campbell Cres­cent in Bayn­ton.

He said the staffy “with­out warn­ing” at­tacked one of the woman’s dogs, a small ter­rier, with such force that two men in­ter­ven­ing could not sep­a­rate them.

The ter­rier was killed in the attack.

Forster’s staffy, which was un­reg­is­tered and not mi­crochipped, has since been put down.

Mag­is­trate Brian Gluestein fined Forster a to­tal of $4000 for the of­fences.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the case high­lighted the im­por­tance of fol­low­ing proper pet own­er­ship pre­cau­tions.

“Sadly ... the deaths of both of th­ese dogs could have been avoided through re­spon­si­ble pet own­er­ship,” he said.

Mr Long said res­i­dents should re­port dog at­tacks as soon as they oc­curred, and noted that in­cluded at­tempted at­tacks where no in­juries re­sulted.

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