Kennel owner won’t pay
A DOG owner is threatening l e g a l a c t i o n a f t e r h e r beloved staffordshire terrier’s leg had to be amputated when it was ripped apart at a Black River kennel.
Mou n t L o u i s a wo ma n Anne Dowling last week had to fork out $ 3000 in vet bills for her 14-month-old pet Shibby and wants the kennel owners to pay for the surgery.
But Mykito Kennels owner Jason Carruthers hit back at the claims, describing the incident as an unfortunate accident where no one was to blame.
Ms Dowling said she received a call from the kennel staff on Tuesday morning saying her dog had been injured and was found in a pool of blood in the exercise yard.
She said the dog was taken to the vet because it had a hole in its leg and apart from expensive surgery, amputation was the only option.
‘‘ The vet said the dog had taken a big chunk of muscle out of her leg which went right down to the bone,’’ she said.
Ms Dowling said she could not understand how the
Anne Dowling kennel owners could allow the incident to happen. She called on the dog responsible for Shibby’s injuries to be put down as well.
‘‘ It’s like leaving my kids in childcare,’’ she said.
‘‘ They would have to pay if anything like that happened to my child, wouldn’t they?’’
Ms Dowling said while Mr Carruthers offered to pay for part of the bills, she wanted him to pay for the l o t . The d i s t r a ught p e t owner said she had cont a c t e d T o wn s v i l l e C i t y Council and the RSPCA to investigate the incident.
Mr Carruthers said if the injury had been caused by human error, he would have been happy to pay for it.
‘‘ There was really nothing we could do to prevent it,’’ he said.
SAFE AT HOME: Shibby’s leg had to be amputated after an incident at a kennel
He said although no one saw what actually t ook place, it appeared Ms Dowling’s dog was the aggressor and was jumping against another dog’s cage when its front leg slipped through a gap, which was when the other dog attacked.
Mr Carruthers said while he was sympathetic towards Ms Dowling and her pet, paying for the bill would cripple his small family business and Ms Dowling had signed a waiver saying the business would not be held liable for any injuries.
However, Ms Dowling said she had sought legal advice over the incident and would be taking the matter further if the business did not pay for the vet bills.