Lucy can keep her third pet maltese
THE past few weeks have been an emotional rollercoaster for Bundaberg woman Lucy Asnicar as she feared the Bundaberg Regional Council would forced her to give up one of her three fur babies, her maltese dogs.
It came as the local government authority responded to a complaint that the 74-year-old pensioner had too many dogs at her Maike St, East Bundaberg home.
But after an investigation by the council's Environmental Health Officer Adam Gardner, involving a meeting at Ms Asnicar's home on Thursday afternoon, a decision was made.
As the phone rang early yesterday morning, Ms Asnicar said she was apprehensive to pick up the call.
"They said I can keep the dogs," Ms Asnicar said excitedly.
The council also agreed to waive the $181 application fee for Ms Asnicar to apply for permission to keep her third dog.
Ms Asnicar said she would need to pay $60 to cover the registration of the third dog for the rest of the year.
Then from each year on, the fee for the third dog will be $105, in addition to the $31 for each of her first and second dogs.
When Ms Asnicar shared her story, she received almost $600 in donations from the community to help with the dog registration.
Ms Asnicar said every cent would go to the dogs.
"The money I got I'm going to pay for their registration and that will pay for it next year and then on too," she said.
Ms Asnicar said the dogs, which slept in her bed and waited by the windowsill for her to come home, were her life.
"They check me out. If I'm hurt or if I'm crying they wipe the tears from my face," she said.
"They are loving. There's just so much in them."
The council's health and regulatory services spokesman Wayne Honor said it was a great outcome.
"I'm happy with the outcome where someone has a genuine need," he said.