Lawyers to help Mackay family save their dog from death row

Two-year-old Winston is a staffy cross kelpie and was seized by council in March for being 'dangerous'.
Two-year-old Winston is a staffy cross kelpie and was seized by council in March for being 'dangerous'. Contributed

A TEAM of animal rights barristers has launched an eleventh-hour bid to save the life of a family dog sentenced to death by a Queensland council.

Mackay Regional Council yesterday told the owners of Winston time was up for appeals to save the declared "dangerous dog", who is on death row, the Courier Mail reports.

According to the two-year-old staffy-cross's owners, the man he bit in March was an intruder in their suburban yard. However, the council says the man, a local paramedic, was running on the street when the dog bit him.

Winston's owners, Jared Dittmann and his sister Leesa, were given time to meet strict state-legislated requirements for keeping a declared dangerous dog. These include paying $1500 in fines, desexing the dog, implanting him with a permanent location device, muzzling him and keeping him on a lead in public, housing him within a separate permanent enclosure within the yard, and putting up "Dangerous Dog" warning signs.

CEO Craig Doyle said the owners had "chosen to ignore the process and the time periods, which are governed by Queensland legislation".

"We have provided the owners with all the options available to them and they simply refuse to take any steps to comply so they can get Winston back,"

"We simply have no more options left,"

Council Officers have held several discussions with the owners to explain that the appeal period to QCAT has expired and nothing has been submitted from the owners. The latest meeting was last week with several other communications have been held this week.

"There are over 30 owners in our region who have complied with dangerous dog declarations and we have no issues with any of them,"

"Our message is clear comply and the dog is returned,"

Mr Doyle said euthanizing a Dangerous dog is only carried out when all other steps are exhausted.

News Corp Australia

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