Animal rights lawyers on case of death row pet
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