Lifestyle

Owners, breeder devastated council killed their huskies

THE death of two huskies at the hands of the council has left a family distraught.

Calliope residents Mary and Neal Grimshaw admit they did surrender their huskies, Angel and Demon, to council officers who arrived at their home, but Mary says she never imagined her "beautiful dogs" would die.

She says the dogs had escaped from the yard on several occasions and apparently killed some chickens. She says the two council officers had demanded she pay thousands in fines or give the dogs up.

"They gave me an ultimatum - give up the dogs up or I would be prosecuted if they got out again. I felt like I had no choice but to hand them over."

>>"Those dogs should have been destroyed...": Man whose chickens killed by huskies speaks out

Less than 24 hours later the dogs were euthanased.

Gladstone Regional Council couldn't comment on this particular case due to privacy laws, but in a written statement CEO Stuart Randle said that dogs were only put to sleep if a destruction order was issued and no review requested, or, if after a review the destruction order stands.

>>Readers divided: Who's to blame for husky, chicken deaths?

Mary Grimshaw with huskies Angel and Demon who were put down by the council.
Mary Grimshaw with huskies Angel and Demon who were put down by the council.

"If an animal is signed over to the council for any reason relating to aggressive tendencies, it is highly unlikely that the animals would be recommended for re-homing."

But Ms Grimshaw was so distressed she said she couldn't stand to live in Gladstone anymore, instead headed for Melbourne in Victoria today.

"I can't face looking in the backyard," Ms Grimshaw said.

"They were beautiful dogs and didn't need to die. I feel like the council didn't do anything to help us."

Mary Grimshaw is leaving town after council put her dogs down.
Mary Grimshaw is leaving town after council put her dogs down. Michael Richards

Breeder Ian Levett was just as distressed.

He would have done anything to save the dogs he bred, but because he was not the registered owner he was not notified the council planned to put the dogs down.

He said now the council won't accept his complaint over the way they handled the situation.

"I have never begged anyone for anything in my life," Mr Levett said.

"But I begged the council pound, please don't put them down.

"I am heart broken. I can't believe they are gone."

State MP Glenn Butcher said council could "perhaps... review this case in detail and see if any procedural changes could or should be made".

Generally, animals are held for a minimum of three working days if they are not registered and/or microchipped, or five working days if they are registered and/or microchipped.

However, as Stuart Randle said, if an owner signed the animal over to the council, then the timeframes did not apply. If the animal has been surrendered and it was not to be re-homed, the animal would be put to sleep as soon as possible.

We understand there was some thought the huskies were considered dangerous.

Angel
Angel

Topics:  editors picks, gladstone, gladstone regional council, pets, pound




'Not politics': Gladstone Ports Corporation CEO appointment not jobs for the boys

Peter O'Sullivan has been announced as the new chief executive officer of GLadstone Ports Corporation.

The future of Gladstone Ports Corporation is in new hands

Former Gladstone 4CC radio staffer on fresh fraud charge

BMW SEIZED: Sommer Price was charged by police for allegedly defrauding a Gladstone dentist of $50,000.

Gladstone woman faces fresh fraud allegation

Latest deals and offers

Swimwear designer looking for love on The Bachelor

Noni Janur on her first day of filming.

The 25-year-old is one of 22 women vying for Richie Strahan’s heart

Three reasons your mind will be blown this week

Alan Dale and Jacki Weaver in a scene from the TV series Secret City.

THREE shows on Foxtel to make your mind boggle.

Elena wins MasterChef: “I’m ecstatic and eager to celebrate"

MasterChef Australia 2016 winner Elena Duggan, from Noosa.

NOOSA chefs survive marathon grand final dish by Heston Blumenthal.

Shannen Doherty shaves hair during cancer battle

Shannen Doherty has completely shaved off her hair

Brian McFadden makes daughters pay for own Christmas gifts

McFadden makes his daughters pay for half their presents

You can own this Queensland town for just $1

Yelarbon

Unprecedented auction of town's business centre with no reserve

Work starts on $15M Caloundra apartment building

Turning the first sod at the Aqua View Apartments site in Kings Beach are (from left) husband-and-wife developers Alex Yuan and Stella Sun with construction company Tomkins director Mike Tomkins and Councillor Tim Dwyer.

Developers excited about addition to Kings Beach skyline

72-year-old Coast developer set to start new project

GREEN LIGHT: The Cosmopolitan has been approved for development at Cotton Tree.

Meet the Canberran set to deliver another chapter for Coast suburb

Plans revealed for 1500-lot 'master-planned community'

Precinct will be bounded by Boundary St and Shoesmith Rd

Ecco Ripley sales run sparks prime release

MOVING IN: Sekisui House has announced the release of more residential blocks at Ecco Ripley.

Sekisui House is preparing to unveil more land at Ecco Ripley

The climb is slow but property on the way up

Michael Matusik, director of Matusik Property Insights.Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin

The improvement would be mild when compared to past cycles