Ken­nel owner won’t pay

Townsville Bulletin - - Inside Today - by Nathan Paull nathan. paull@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

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.

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