Teleasha Cameron with two of her four dogs, Thor and Rascal. The two others must remain at Mackay Pound until she passes a council yard inspection, due today.
Teleasha Cameron with two of her four dogs, Thor and Rascal. The two others must remain at Mackay Pound until she passes a council yard inspection, due today. Tony Martin

Impounding of pets leaves owner heartbroken

WHEN Teleasha Cameron returned home to discover two of her beloved dogs, Jasper and Keisha, missing from her Bucasia yard, she didn't realise it would be a week before they'd return.

The yard is securely fenced and Ms Cameron said she'd never had a problem with any of her four dogs escaping in the past. She believes someone opened the gate and let them out intentionally.

A frantic three-hour search of the neighbourhood, posts to social media and several phone calls to Mackay Regional Council led to the realisation the dogs had been impounded the same day - January 7.

Ms Cameron was then informed that Jasper and Keisha would not be returned to her until a yard inspection had been completed, and that the next available inspection date was today, leaving the dogs locked up for nearly a week with daily fees charged to their owner.

The council has also revoked Ms Cameron's permit to keep four dogs on her premises, giving her 14 days to rehome two of them.

"I am devastated," she said. "My dogs are members of my family."

Ms Cameron believes her dogs haven't been given a fair chance and says she intends to put up a fight for them.

The dogs had attacked a pet bird after getting out, she said. This had resulted in both being deemed dangerous - the reasoning behind the decision.

"I do understand where they are coming from but I have offered to pay all fees. I have apologised to the bird's owners and I have agreed to the yard inspection and to a lock on my gate," she said.

Council health and regulatory manager Craig Shepherd said a yard inspection might be required to check permit conditions relating to the keeping of specific animals, such as excessive dogs or declared dangerous animals, were being met.

"We are required by law to ensure owners are meeting the permit conditions."

RULES

  •  Make sure dogs are registered
  •  Meet yard fencing requirements
  •  Keep dogs on leads

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