Vi­cious dog is al­lowed to live

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By JIM CHIPP

A men­ac­ing Porirua dog is no longer a threat, but no thanks to an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cers, says a Tawa res­i­dent.

The pit­bull- mas­tiff that at­tacked Grant Stone’s 9-year-old bor­der col­lie in April has since died, but he said it should have been put down.

A coun­cil spokesman said the at­tack was bor­der­line, and coun­cil of­fi­cers did not lightly re­move pets from their own­ers.

A reg­u­lar care­giver was walk­ing Mr Stone’s dog, Jaksy, on her lead along Ko­tuku St in Els­don when the bull- mas­tiff charged across the road. It bit Jaksy in the neck and pinned her to the ground. The care­giver was bit­ten on the thigh when she at­tempted to prise it off.

The at­tack only ended when a passerby pulled the dogs apart.

A teenage boy claimed own­er­ship of the dog and pro­vided his ad­dress.

Al­though an­i­mal con­trol of­fi­cers pho­tographed Jaksy and his walker’ s in­juries, af­ter in­ves­ti­gat­ing the case they no­ti­fied Mr Stone the dog would not be put down, but in fu­ture it would be muz­zled in pub­lic and would be tied on its owner’s prop­erty.

Al­though the dog’s owner has writ­ten an apol­ogy and paid the vet’s bill for Jaksy’s care, Mr Stone was not sat­is­fied.

He wanted the dog de­stroyed.

‘‘I’m not happy with it at all,’’ he said. ‘‘What if it had been a young kiddy? Would it have been a dif­fer­ent re­sult?’’

Mr Stone said if some­one had not stepped in to help the con­se­quences could have been much more se­ri­ous.

Coun­cil an­i­mal con­trol staff told him he could take a pri­vate pros­e­cu­tion if he was not sat­is­fied, but that it would be costly with no guar­an­tee of a re­sult.

They said the care­giver should not have at­tempted to sep­a­rate the dogs.

Be­cause this was a bor­der­line sit­u­a­tion, an of­fence notice was is­sued by Porirua City Coun­cil to the owner clas­si­fy­ing the dog as ‘‘men­ac­ing’’ but not seek­ing its de­struc­tion.

Best mates: Grant Stone with 9-year-old bor­der col­lie Jaksy.

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