Killer dog tale drags on with new appeal
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.’’