DOG OWNERS IN THE WRONG
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