Carter criticises council's dog drama
The Local Government Minister has criticised a council for racking up a near $80,000 bill trying to put down a ‘‘dangerous dog’’.
David Carter said today that while he did not know the full details of the case, the rising bill seemed extreme and he thought the issue might be personal.
‘‘It seems to be an extraordinary amount of money for a council to have spent on this kind of case. I think the ratepayers should be asking for an explanation of how that money’s being spent and whether it was justified. I’ve never heard of a case like this,’’ he said.
Over the past two days, the Waikato Times revealed the South Waikato District Council has spent more than $67,000 trying to have Jimbo, an American Staffordshire terrier who allegedly attacked and killed a pet rabbit, destroyed.
However, its owner, Carolyn King, is fighting hard to have the dog freed and the cost is a result of taking the case through the district and high courts.
Earlier today it was also revealed that price rose by nearly $10,000 in sustenance, food and vet costs during the dog’s stay in the pound, while the council has been fighting what they believe is a loophole which got the dog off the hook on a technicality.
‘‘I’m certainly not convinced that there’s any loophole. I think it’s an attitude they’ve taken with this particular dog owner,’’ said Mr Carter.
South Waikato District Council said they would be approaching government to discuss a law change to have the ‘‘loophole’’ closed, but the Minister has not yet been approached by any council on the issue.
Until that time he could not say whether that would be something that would be considered.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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