Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Facebook Followers Try to Help Save Big Bruce

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Facebook Followers Try to Help Save Big Bruce

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Byline: Brian Bennion brian.bennion@qt.com.au

THE owners of a declared dangerous dog are taking on Ipswich City Council to save it from being put down after it attacked a meter reader in their backyard.

Despite displaying eight signs warning that a dangerous dog was on the property, the Energex meter reader entered two series of gates to access the meter at the back of the Denmark Hill home where he was bitten by the dog.

Council seized and impounded the dog after the attack in August and it is set to be put down on October 16.

Owners Kev and Chris Thomas set up a Facebook page this week to help save their dog Bruce from being destroyed.

They will be appealling the decision before the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The family keep Bruce as a guard dog but described the eight-year-old bull arab cross bull mastiff as a "gentle giant".

"He's a guard dog and he's one of the biggest, softest dogs you'd ever come across," Mr Thomas said. "He's fantastic with the grandkids. But he is protective."

On the Facebook page Bruce the bull mastiff tells his followers "I only have three weeks to live, not because I have a terrible disease, not because I have been in a bad accident, but because the Ipswich City Council want to kill me.

"I don't have a voice, but hopefully social media will help you find my voice. I hope you will listen."

Since it was set up on Tuesday, the Save Bruce Facebook page has attracted more than 3900 likes, more than 360 comments and more than 860 shares.

Bruce was originally declared dangerous by the council in 2010 after he bit a council animal management officer on the hand while he was inspecting fencing at the property.

A council spokesman said a destruction order was always considered a last resort.

He said the owners of Bruce have a long history of non-compliance dating from early 2010 when Bruce was reported as roaming and complaints were received about the aggressive nature of the dog. …

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