Jimbo lives an­other day

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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