Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

No Way to Save Dogs

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

No Way to Save Dogs

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Byline: Madura McCormack

A CLERMONT man says he has no choice but to euthanise his beloved pure-bred Staffordshire dogs after a court ruled they were dangerous.

Thomas Herbohn, 32, of Clermont, treats Diesel and Pepper like his children but the long-running costs associated with dangerous dog fees, renovating his backyard, and the threat of further fines has made it unfeasible to keep them.

Mr Herbohn said the dogs still have about 10 years of life in them, meaning he would be facing a total of $15,000 worth of dangerous dog registration fees altogether.

"I can't even move, I have to stay here, if I move to another place I have to apply to bring my dogs with me," he said.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal last month confirmed American Staffordshire dogs Diesel and Pepper were dangerous dogs as ruled by the Isaac Regional Council.

It comes after an incident on April 2 last year, when "Spud" the kelpie owned by Mr Herbohn's next door neighbour Shannon Breckon wandered into his yard through an unlatched gate, sparking a dog fight.

Mr Herbohn told the court he immediately leapt over the backyard gate and used it to separate the dogs as he pulled them apart.

Vet surgeons treated Spud for what they found to be "massive muscle injuries" and was put on an IV drip.

Tribunal member Phillipa Beckinsale ruled that the attack on Spud by Diesel and Pepper resulted in grievous bodily harm.

During the hearing Mr Herbohn provided multiple statements from family and friends to prove he was a responsible dog owner.

People who gave evidence at the hearing agreed Mr Herbohn was a responsible dog owner, and that Diesel and Pepper were not aggressive to children but did not like other dogs.

Tribunal member Beckinsale said in her decision that euthanasia should be a last resort. …

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