‘Those dogs should have been destroyed straight away’
THE MAN whose chickens were killed by two huskies put down by the council says the dogs needed to be destroyed.
Eddie Joyce, who lives on a 20 acre property at Calliope, has jumped to the defence of Gladstone Regional Council after we published a story about the grief experienced by the huskies' owner and breeder.
The dogs were euthanased within 24 hours of being surrendered to the council.
Gladstone MP Glenn Butcher suggested the council could review its procedures in light of the case because both the owners and breeder had asked the council to delay putting the dogs to sleep while they looked for another option.
However Mr Joyce says the only change to council procedures should be including compensation for those who lose livestock because of attacks from roaming dogs.
"I don't feel any compassion for these people because they don't feel any compassion for us," Mr Joyce said.
Mr Joyce's chickens were killed last month including a rare duckling hen setter he says was worth more than $1000.
It was the third time this year domestic dogs had killed livestock on his property.
"The bird was irreplaceable," Mr Joyce said. "How can you put a value on something that no one else has?
"Those dogs should have been destroyed straight away if they are out destroying livestock.
"If you are a responsible owner you should at least chain them up, with shelter, water and food, until you can secure the fence so they can't get out.
"The council acted fairly. They issued warnings and did everything in their power to give them the owners the opportunity to secure their dogs."
The owners were warned their dogs had been reported roaming on more than one occasion.
Owner Mary Grimshaw said she and he husband had gone to great lengths to try and secure the yard, even digging a trench around the fence where the dogs had been digging out.
Mrs Grimshaw didn't dispute she was having trouble containing the dogs, but was disappointed with the way the council handled the situation.
The council says they acted in line with local laws and made the owners fully aware of their responsibilities and the consequences if they failed to secure the dogs.