Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Dog Keeper Says Sorry, Will Pay for Mauled Pony

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Dog Keeper Says Sorry, Will Pay for Mauled Pony

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Byline: Adrian Taylor adrian.taylor@capnews.com.au

BERNIE Schneider got the result he'd been waiting for yesterday when the owner of two dogs which attacked his pet pony called to apologise.

Bernie said the man told him he would call back next week to settle a vet's bill of more than $1000 for treating the little Shetland mare that was savaged in its paddock by the wandering mongrels.

"He told me the dogs are no longer in the area. He's given them away, but I can't understand why they have been declared menacing, not dangerous," said Bernie, whose story in yesterday's edition of The Morning Bulletin drew a volley of comments from readers.

The story told how the 86-year-old from Parkhurst had appealed against a council decision not to tell him the identity of the owner of the attack dogs or provide any information about what happened to the animals after they were caught and taken to the pound in Rockhampton.

Most responses argued that Rockhampton Regional Council had a duty to keep the savaged pony's owner informed at every stage. …

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