Pound fee reduced

FRANCES Gala, owner of Molly the Great Dane fighting for her life after being accused by council of attacking Glendyne school sheep in March, got a glimmer of good news yesterday.

She learned she will probably not need to pay the full $3800 council asked the tribunal to order Ms Gala to reimburse it for keeping the dog in the Urangan pound since March.

“Council has incurred costs for the upkeep of Molly since she was impounded after the fatal sheep attack at the Glendyne Education and Training Centre in March,” a spokesman said yesterday.

“Council applied to the Queensland Civil Arbitration Tribunal to recover sustenance costs involved with keeping the animal for an extended period of time.

“Council is awaiting the outcome of any appeal before taking any action,” the spokesman said.

The tribunal’s presiding member Susan Bothmann ordered the family to pay $1000 towards offsetting the costs of maintaining the dog while it was in the pound.

Meanwhile, Molly has 18 days left before being euthanized by order of the tribunal – unless her lawyer Sarah Laikind wins the appeal she plans to lodge.

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