Terrir pups 'danger'
WITH her two pet puppies 'BJ and Sophie' showering her with love and attention, Jennifer Hemsley is at a loss how they can be declared dangerous animals.
"They wouldn't hurt any- one,'' Ms Hemsley said. In what seems to be a case of bureaucracy gone mad, the Gladstone City Council (GCC) wants to declare these two, seven-month terrier cross dogs a danger to the public.
Recently Ms Hemsley received a letter in the mail from the GCC stating it had been reported that her dogs had been allowed to stray and had attacked a person.
According to the GCC website, a dog is deemed dangerous if it rushes at, attacks, worries or puts in fear any person.
Also if the council declares a dog dangerous, an increased registration fee applies along with controls including sufficient enclosure, identifiable collar and muzzle.
This is a claim Ms Hemsley passionately denies about the personality of her two dogs.
"They had not bitten anyone and we have put up fencing to keep the dogs inside the yard,'' Ms Hemsley said.
Secure chicken wire with cylinder shaped foot long cement plugs have been put in to keep these so-called ravaging beasts at bay.
Ms Hemsley cited one example of the dogs' personality when the landlord's agent came to her residence a couple of months ago.
"When the agent came here the dogs barked at him when he came onto the property, but they soon settled down and jumped into their baskets and left him alone,'' Ms Hemsley said.
However, GCC environmental health and compliance co-ordinator, Tom Boarder, said this situation was being considered on its merits.
Also no final decision had been made yet as to whether BJ and Sophie were going to be declared dangerous animals.
"It is currently an ongoing investigation and a show cause notice has been given and they have seven days to reply why they shouldn't be declared dangerous animals,'' he said.