Stephen Biggs is glad to be spending time with Max, his great dane-mastiff cross, after a destruction order was quashed in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday. Photo: DARRYN SMITH cou0902a
Stephen Biggs is glad to be spending time with Max, his great dane-mastiff cross, after a destruction order was quashed in Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday. Photo: DARRYN SMITH cou0902a

Dog spared after attack

A SEVEN-month fight to save his dog has paid off for Stephen Biggs with the Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday ruling the destruction order for Max be quashed.

But diminutive 84-year-old Anna Folkard, who was attacked by Max in June last year, said she thought the great dane-mastiff cross should have been put down.

“I’m certainly not happy to see him living,” she said.

Mrs Folkard had been gardening in her yard when the incident occurred.

During the attack Max latched onto Mrs Folkard’s leg through her gumboot.

It only let go when she managed to reach a neighbour for help.

“My leg is still sore and sometimes I have no feeling,” she said.

Mrs Folkard said during the attack her pants and gumboots were ruined and she lost her glasses.

However, Max’s owner was glad to see his much-loved pet dodge a death sentence.

“I’m lost for words, there have been so many ups and downs,” Mr Biggs said.

“The decision was what I was hoping for.”

Mr Biggs’ battle started after he appealed against the order made by Bundaberg Regional Council to have Max destroyed.

“He is nearly six (years old) and I’ve had him since he was four weeks old,” Mr Biggs said after the decision yesterday.

In handing down her decision Magistrate Jennifer Batts said she was satisfied that Mr Biggs had taken the necessary steps and would continue to ensure Max was controlled at all times.

Magistrate Batts said Mr Biggs had improved and secured Max’s enclosure and the dog had not escaped since.



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