Tribunal: You can kill Molly
TEARS of frustration, despair and anger streamed down her cheeks as Butchulla elder Frances Gala learned last night that her dog Molly was condemned to death.
“The Queensland Civil Arbitration Tribunal has authorised the Fraser Coast Regional Council to euthanise a dog impounded after a fatal sheep attack on a Nikenbah property in March,” read the media release sent out late yesterday.
“The dog was impounded by council after being found on the property after the attack.”
“I will fight this to the highest possible court in the land,” Ms Gala told the Chronicle as she was being driven from the Fraser Coast to a meeting in Cooroy.
“Molly did not attack those poor Glendyne sheep earlier this year. She was there in the paddock but this sentence is like condemning a person to death because they saw someone attacking a group of people.
“I never expected justice in this because frankly we are black and the tribunal is white.
“We have not won a single case over the years because we fight for justice in white people's courts under white people's laws.
“I am finally sick to death of it. We live in a racist society. I have to speak out. Enough of all this.”
Ms Gala said she was distraught at the news that they would put her old great dane to sleep.
“Poor girl,” she said as she spoke about the dog her family had brought in as a pup, the runt of the litter that cost them $5.
The council will not immediately move to have the animal euthanised but will wait to see if an appeal is lodged by the family.
If no appeal is lodged, the council will make arrangements with the owner to spend time with the dog prior to it being euthanised.
“This is far from over,” Ms Gala said.