Mas­tiff on dan­ger list saved from death row

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

A MALE mas­tiff dog that at­tacked and killed a neigh­bour’s cat has been given a re­prieve from death row on ap­peal.

Ti­tan was de­clared a dan­ger­ous dog by More­ton Bay Re­gional Coun­cil af­ter he at­tacked Paddy, a cat teth­ered in a nearby front yard in 2016.

Ti­tan’s owner, Mark Balens, told Queens­land Civil and Ad­min­is­tra­tive Tri­bunal his dog had been pro­voked by the cat and ran at it, pulling the lead from his hand. He said the cat would have been able to run away if it had been loose.

Paddy’s owner said he heard a hor­ri­ble noise and saw his cat rolling around and Mr Balens drag­ging Ti­tan off his prop­erty. Paddy died soon af­ter.

The coun­cil has since re­ceived com­plaints from neigh­bours about Ti­tan and found Mr Balens had failed to com­ply with some dan­ger­ous dog re­quire­ments. Ti­tan had been seen in the street with­out a muz­zle. A de­struc­tion or­der was made af­ter Ti­tan was seen out­side his en­clo­sure and not un­der ef­fec­tive con­trol.

“Mr Balens is very at­tached to Ti­tan and his doc­tor in­di­cated he would be ad­versely af­fected if Ti­tan was to be de­stroyed,’’ a tri­bunal mem­ber said.

The mem­ber said a de­struc­tion or­der was a last re­sort and set aside the coun­cil’s or­der.

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