Jimbo lives another day
Jimbo the dog refuses to roll over, with yet another trip to court likely as his owner tries to have him freed.
But with the cost for South Waikato District ratepayers likely to leap the $ 100,000 mark, some residents are saying it is time their council gave up the fight to have the supposedly dangerous pooch put down.
The latest twist in the two-year saga over the dog came with confirmation last week its owner Carolyn King had filed an appeal against the council’s recent appeal victory that opened the way to having Jimbo euthanased for its attack on two rabbits and later another dog in the pound.
In Judge Chris McGuire’s ruling he slammed Mrs King as ‘‘deluded’’ and ordered the dog destroyed, and for Mrs King to pay $2000 towards Jimbo’s maintenance costs.
After so much time and with the bill already at more than $90,000, Mrs King’s lawyer had signed off and Jimbo’s days seemed numbered.
However, Mrs King has since sought new legal representation and filed a third appeal, which she said was only because she was not allowed to have the dog independently assessed.
Council chief executive David Hall said that though the council was ‘‘ obviously very disappointed’’, he did not see the council backing down. A final decision would be made in two weeks on whether to fight the legal action.
‘‘ We still believe the dog is dangerous and if we don’t [pursue it] then it just gets released. I don’t have any reason to think the council will change their minds.’’
Mr Hall said rising costs would depend on how long the new hearing takes and those of keeping Jimbo behind bars.
But when asked if he expected the bill to rise above $100,00 0 he declined to comment, saying cost was likely be the main issue when the council discussed a plan.
Tokoroa resident Gordon Callaghan said the situation had become ‘‘ridiculous’’ and he was against the council spending any more money on the issue.
‘‘She [Ms King] has done a lot for the town, she should be given an award, not persecuted.’’
‘‘It’s shocking the money that they’ve wasted on it,’’ Mr Callaghan said.
Mrs King said she still did not accept Jimbo was a danger.
‘‘I wanted to get him assessed by a specialist, just for my own piece of mind, and they refused,’’ she said.
‘‘I have paid as a ratepayer and on the other end as well. It has been proven in court that Jimbo is not a threat to human beings.’’
The saga is due to continue in court on March 14.