Dog faces death row
STEPHEN Biggs was fighting for his best friend’s life in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday.
The Elliott Heads resident’s beloved dog, Max, faces death if Mr Biggs loses the appeal against Bundaberg Regional Council to have the dog put down.
The court heard a destruction order was issued by council after the 44kg dog attacked 83-year-old Anna Folkard while she tended to her garden.
It was alleged the dog latched onto her leg through her gumboot while Mrs Folkard, who weighs only 38kg, used the fence to drag herself to the neighbours to get help.
“I can’t help it. It was the dog that attacked me and it may have been a child who could not get away,” Mrs Folkard told the court.
Mrs Folkard’s neighbour, Daphne Hartley, told the court how she found the woman after the attack.
“She was holding onto my screen door and shaking it. When I opened the wooden door, the dog was latched onto her leg,” she said.
Bundaberg Regional Council director of health and environment Greg Savage told the court the dog attack ranked in the top five of the most severe attacks he had seen in his 14 years working for councils in the Bundaberg area.
Although Mr Biggs alleged Max had been underfed during a long stay at the pound, Mr Savage said a vet had been “out there three or four times” and informed the council the dog was in good health.
Bundaberg Regional Council local laws compliance officer Tennille Booth told the court she visited Mr Biggs’s home on Monday, January 18 to take photographs of the dog enclosure.
“I didn’t feel threatened. Max recognised me when I came up. He was barking until I got closer,” she said.
The matter was adjourned and Mr Biggs’s evidence will be heard on Tuesday, February 2.