Fraser Coast Regional Council staff load one of the suspected dogs into a council vehicle.
Fraser Coast Regional Council staff load one of the suspected dogs into a council vehicle. Nat Bromhead

Molly's fate in limbo

THE FATE of Molly the dog accused of mauling a flock of sheep at Glendyne Farm this year still hangs in the balance.

The seven-year-old great dane has been on death row in the Fraser Coast Regional pound since being found in a paddock where a flock of sheep were attacked.

Media were banned from the tribunal hearing at the Hervey Bay Courthouse yesterday despite its high profile and all who sat in the gallery were asked to show cause as to why they should be allowed in the room.

The court was closed for more than four hours but it is believed all witnesses were called to give evidence including Molly's owner Aunty Frances Gala. The Butchulla elder is now in for a nervous wait as she waits to hear what the final decision will be.

Molly was one of two dogs found in the paddock following the attack but her co-accused was destroyed shortly after.

The same would have happened to Molly had Ms Gala not appealed the destruction order.

It is understood Ms Gala's defence of Molly is that she was at the scene but did not take part in the attack.

Ms Gala has previously told the Chronicle it had never been in Molly's nature to attack sheep in the past and claimed no blood had been found on her face on the day in question.

It's not known when a decision will be reached.



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