Killer dog tale drags on with new ap­peal

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

The Jimbo saga will con­tinue to have a tax­ing toll on South Waikato ratepay­ers as the nev­erend­ing tale con­tin­ues.

Last week South Waikato District coun­cil­lors voted unan­i­mously to con­tinue le­gal pro­ceed­ings af­ter Jimbo’s owner, Car­rie King, re­cently ap­pealed the court’s de­ci­sion in Jan­uary to have the Amer­i­can Stafford­shire eu­thanased af­ter he killed two rab­bits in 2010.

Mayor Neil Sin­clair said he was ‘‘frus­trated’’ with the re­cent de­vel­op­ments.

‘‘ Coun­cil is ex­tremely frus­trated by the ac­tions of Mrs King,’’ he said.

‘‘Af­ter the sec­ond rul­ing in our favour at the district court, the coun­cil was con­fi­dent that it was over; par­tic­u­larly af­ter the op­po­si­tion stated pub­licly they wouldn’t be ap­peal­ing. Mrs King had ac­tu­ally started paying the repa­ra­tion costs or­dered dur­ing the sec­ond district court hear- ing; so we were very sur­prised by the sec­ond ap­peal.’’

Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive David Hall ac­cepted the cost of pur­su­ing the case was high, how­ever noted that this needed to be balanced against pub­lic safety. ‘‘It was never our in­ten­tion to ac­crue this cost, nor keep a dog locked in the pound for over two years; how­ever our hand was forced; and we were sim­ply not pre­pared to com­pro­mise the safety of our com­mu­nity.’’

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