Pensioner has to pay for dog fence
JAMES O’Connor may live on Paradise Street but lately it has been anything but.
Every day for the past few weeks, Mr O’Connor has found a wandering neighbourhood dog inside his Point Vernon property.
The pesky pooch, believed to belong to a neighbour, has been jumping Mr O’Connor’s fence, roaming around his yard and teaching his own dog “bad habits”.
The tan mixed breed has even run through his house, trashed his kitchen bin and stomped unexpectedly into his bedroom.
“She came in; I was lying on the bed reading,” Mr O’Connor said.
“I thought if I don’t chase her out she’ll be up on the bed too.”
The 75-year-old says he has contacted the council several times to deal with the problem.
On December 14, he restrained the dog and council workers came to collect it but they returned it straight back to its owner.
The next day, it was back in Mr O’Connor’s yard.
“I’m complaining officially about a nuisance dog but they took it straight back to the person that is not restraining it,” he said.
“None of these problems are major ... it’s a beautiful dog, don’t get me wrong, (but) it’s just become so annoying.
“I shouldn’t have to go to the expense or the trouble for someone else’s dog.”
One day, he had to chase the dog from his yard on five separate occasions.
The dog has also taught Mr O’Connor’s dog, Bundy, to jump his fence so the pensioner has had to put up a larger fence.
“I’ve had him for four years and he’s never tried to get out,” he said.
“He could have jumped the fence at any time but he’s never wanted to.
“Now that he sees this dog doing it, suddenly he thinks he’ll go and wander up the road but he’s got no road sense.
“Something will come zapping around the corner and he’ll be gone.”
A council spokesman said there had been three complaints about the dog from residents of the street since November.
“The owners have been advised of their responsibility to keep the animal confined and the consequences of letting the dog roam,” the council’s executive manager environmental health and regulation Andy Gaze said.
While the council’s policy is to return registered dogs found roaming, the ones that are found continually roaming can be impounded and the owners issued with a fine of up to $200.
The spokesman said the council would take “appropriate action” in this case.