Owners to argue that dogs not dangerous
Two Manawatu dog owners will argue this week that their dogs should not be classified as menacing or dangerous.
The Manawatu District Council will hear the objections on Wednesday.
Three dogs were involved in two separate incidents earlier this year that resulted in two people being bitten.
In one case, secondary school pupils Toni Smart and Alex Jenkinson were walking down Pohangina Rd on June 12, when two dogs ran out of a property and bit Alex on the back of the knee, ripping his jeans.
He was given a tetanus shot.
The owner of the two rottweilers, Stephen Briggs, did not dispute what happened, but objects to the animal control officers' decision to classify the dogs as dangerous.
A dangerous dog must be neutered, kept within a securely fenced area, muzzled and on a leash when in public, and incur additional registration fees.
In his letter of objection, Mr Briggs said the dogs were always secured via running lines attached to the kennels and the gate was closed, and he had had a dog behaviouralist evaluate the dogs and security of his property.
In the other case, Richard Green was walking along Lockwood Rd when he passed Andrew Worth and his dog Puck, a bull terrier neopolitan mastiff cross, on May 23 this year.
He says the dog was on a retractable lead and came at him, biting him on the thigh.
As a result, the council has classified the dog as menacing, requiring it to be on a leash in public and wear a muzzle, and to be neutered.
Mr Worth, a vet, does not dispute the incident, but says Puck was adopted from the SPCA, which would not have put him up for rehoming if he was aggressive.
He takes him to his workplace, where he has never had any incidents with staff or clients, and he is willing to muzzle him while on walks.
He has also provided two character references for the dog to the council.
Both objections will be heard by a hearings committee on Wednesday.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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