Mastiff on danger list saved from death row
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.