DOG GONE IT: Christie Simpson holding her Maltese Shih Tzu dogs Buddy and Dora, with son Antwon and Golden Retriever Lara and Husky Zeus.
DOG GONE IT: Christie Simpson holding her Maltese Shih Tzu dogs Buddy and Dora, with son Antwon and Golden Retriever Lara and Husky Zeus. Francis Witsenhuysen

'They can't make me get rid of our dog'

A HATTON VALE resident has been told by the Lockyer Valley Regional Council she will have to "get rid of one of her dogs" if her excess animal permit is rejected.

Christie Simpson lives on a 6000sqm property with her four dogs Zeus, Lara, Buddy and Dora, but according to the Subordinate Local Law No. 2 (Animal Management 2011 Schedule 2), that's one too many dogs for the land size.

Ms Simpson said a LVRC representative made an inquiry at her residence following a complaint from a neighbour.

The representative advised Ms Simpson she could not have a fourth dog without an excess animal permit, due to her dogs potentially being a nuisance to the neighbours.

"They said if I didn't want to pay for a permit for Dora I'd have to find someone else to take her," she said.

"I'm not getting rid of any of our dogs, they are members of our family."

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Local Law states only three dogs are allowed to be kept without an excess animal permit on 4000- 19,999sqm of land.

"We have plenty of room for four dogs to run around, and $300 for the permit plus $100 a year renewal fee is a lot of money on top of getting them registered and microchipped. I'm a single mum," she said.

Ms Simpson is still waiting for council to approve the excess animal permit for Dora, which she lodged in July.

"They rejected it initially and demanded supporting documentation. I had to provide a photo of each dog, draw a diagram of where they are kept and get written letters from our surrounding neighbours to say it was okay to have them," she said.

"I refused to supply that, because I think it's unnecessary, they have plenty of information about them already and Dora is an inside dog."

The LVRC were contacted but were unable to respond by the Star's deadline.



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