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Council meets with owners of impounded dogs

Angela Pavey and other concerned residents protest against the council's treatment of their pets.
Angela Pavey and other concerned residents protest against the council's treatment of their pets. Alistair Brightman

UPDATE: Fraser Coast Regional Council representatives have met the owners of three dogs impounded as part of an investigation into an alleged fatal attack.

Councillor Robert Garland said the issues and process for the investigation had been discussed.

"Council has confirmed with the owners that they will have reasonable access to the pound to visit their pets," he said.

"We outlined the process of the investigation and the owners have lodged an appeal which will be taken into consideration as council makes its determination.

"The owners still have the right to appeal that decision to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

"Council is following due process.

"Someone's pet has been killed and we have to fairly consider all parties representations in relation to the incident to ensure the situation is dealt with appropriately.

"We need to assure the public that council has taken all reasonable steps and achieves an outcome that minimises any future potential incidents."

EARLIER: A group of protesters rallied outside the Fraser Coast Regional Council chambers against what they describe as the council's cruelty toward their pets.

The idea for Thursday's protest started on Facebook and Joe Fray was one of the organisers.

Mr Fray said he was fighting against the council's proposition to declare his jack russell as dangerous.

"It's got to stop," he said.

Another protester, Angela Pavey, had her dogs taken on July 18 after the council claimed her three American staffies killed another dog up the road.

Speaking outside Mayor Gerard O'Connell's office, Ms Pavey called for her dogs to be immediately released.

"I'm currently disputing the evidence that my dogs were responsible for the attack," she said.

"Council has not allowed me to access my dogs in the pound, which they have to do according to state legislation."

A spokesman for council said while owners were allowed to view their pets while in the pound, Ms Pavey's request to take the dogs from the facility had been denied.

"Access was denied on Monday when a large group of people, including owners and a non-owner, attended the pound and officers felt threatened," he said.

The council also confirmed it had issued a proposal to declare Ms Pavey's dogs as dangerous as well as a destruction order of the pets.

"The owners can appeal that decision to both council and to the Queensland Civil and Administration Tribunal," the spokesman said.

"Once the appeal is heard by QCAT its determination would then be binding."

Topics:  dogs, fraser coast regional council, hervey bay, hervey bay pound



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