An upset Eltham dog-owner stormed out of a council hearing without giving councillors a chance to voice their final verdict.
Ian Turner was at the South Taranaki District Council's environment and hearings committee yesterday to object at the council's decision to disqualify him from owning any dogs for the next five years.
A fiery Mr Turner told councillors that South Taranaki District Council's report had a "number of inaccuracies" and the inaccuracies were an "insult to him and everybody else in the room". "Regulatory manager Jim Single might find the report funny, but I don't find anything funny about an inaccurate report which puts me in a bad light," Mr Turner said.
He said the report where he "openly claimed in court that he frequently walks his dogs without a muzzle in defiance of the menacing classifications" was untrue.
"What I said in court was I run them up a country road when there is absolutely no one around," Mr Turner said.
"You don't run dogs muzzled because they can't pant and would likely get a heatstroke."
Mr Turner's 5-year-old great dane, Floyd, was classified as menacing by STDC in November for threatening behaviour and was ordered by the district council to be destroyedafter it bit a pedestrian on the arm in January.
When the incident happened, the dog was being walked by Turner's boarder, Ian Schrider, who was walking another great dane at the same time.
The High Court upheld the destruction of Floyd on July 2.
Mr Turner initially asked for the STDC hearing to be adjourned, saying ill-health had left him little time to research supporting evidence for his case, but his request was declined.
Mr Turner also contested other infringements which he said were "thrown out by the court."
STDC councillor Ian Wards, who presided over the meeting, said the council had no jurisdiction to consider a court's decision.
To which Mr Turner replied: "I'm saying the elements of it is inaccurate, are you not listening?"
Mr Turner also said he was considering bringing his case before the courts.
"Any decision made today will be against me, I know that already, so I'll be bringing it straight to the courts to appeal it," he said.
The South Taranaki District Council's original decision was upheld.
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