An­i­mal rights lawyers on case of death row pet

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old staffy-cross’s own­ers, the man he bit in March was an in­truder in their sub­ur­ban yard. How­ever, the coun­cil says the man, a lo­cal paramedic, was run­ning on the street when the dog bit him.

Win­ston’s own­ers, Jared Dittmann and his sis­ter Leesa, were given time to meet strict state-leg­is­lated re­quire­ments for keep­ing a de­clared dan­ger­ous dog. Th­ese in­clude pay­ing $1500 in fines, de­sex­ing the dog, im­plant­ing him with a per­ma­nent lo­ca­tion de­vice, muz­zling him and keep­ing him on a lead in pub­lic, hous­ing him within a sep­a­rate per­ma­nent en­clo­sure within the yard, and putting up “Dan­ger­ous Dog” warn­ing signs.

“The coun­cil called to­day and said your ap­peal time is up, too late,” Ms Dittman said yes­ter­day.

“The mayor called me and left a mes­sage to say it is our faultf lt and the coun­cil has done ev­ery­thing they can. “But he’s never heard our side and how the coun­cil has been.” In one last bid to save Win­ston, the Dittmans have called on the Bar­ris is­ters An­i­mal Wel­fare P Panel, which com­prises more than 100 bar­ris­ters and fights for an­i­mal jus­tice. Mackay Re­gional Coun­cil

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