Week-long wait for dog's fate

STEPHEN Biggs faces a long week waiting for magistrate Jennifer Batts to decide the fate of his best friend, Max, who is on death row after an alleged attack in June last year.

The Elliott Heads man appeared in the Bundaberg Magistrates Court yesterday to appeal a destruction order issued by Bundaberg Regional Council.

“About two years ago he saved my life,” Mr Biggs told the court.

“He stood in between me and a red belly black snake before I had even seen the snake.

“That is one of the reasons I am here today.”

Last month the court heard that Max had allegedly attacked an elderly woman while she worked in her garden, latching onto her leg and forcing her to crawl to a neighbour’s house for help.

Mr Biggs said since the alleged attack he had taken steps to secure Max’s enclosure which included a fence about 2m high.

“I’ve cemented where he was getting out, the wire is cemented to the fence and I’ve redone the fence on the outside,” Mr Biggs told the court.

Mr Biggs said he was confident Max would not be able to “get out” of his new enclosure.

“I think I’ve done everything I can to secure him,” he said.

Magistrate Batts reserved her decision until Tuesday, February 9.



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