DOG OWN­ERS IN THE WRONG

Stirling Times - - Opinion -

I RE­FER to the ar­ti­cle in the Stir­ling Times, (Pen­sioner poi­sons dog in 'brain snap', May 22).

With the fine, costs and a vet's bill, the to­tal amounts to $3594.55.

The peo­ple with the brain snap are ob­vi­ously the RSPCA and Mag­is­trate Martin Flynn.

To prove my point, I quote the Dog Act of 1976, which I might add the City of Stir­ling has in its Lo­cal Laws.

“If you own a dog you have a le­gal re­spon­si­bil­ity to keep it un­der con­trol ei­ther within a fenced area on your prop­erty or on a leash when in pub­lic”, with the penalty from $200 to $5000.

I be­lieve the owner/s of the dog should be fi­nan­cially re­spon­si­ble for all costs in­curred, cer­tainly not the pen­sioner, as they did not obey the law and their dog was tres­pass­ing. FRANK PIPER, Bal­catta

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