More evidence of zero tolerance to irresponsible dog ownership

Coralie Nichols - Sunshine Coast Council Director Community Services

Another irresponsible dog owner experienced the consequences of Sunshine Coast Council’s zero-tolerance approach in Nambour Magistrates Court this morning.

Coralie Nichols - Sunshine Coast Council Director Community Services
Coralie Nichols – Sunshine Coast Council Director Community Services

Director of Community Services Coralie Nichols said the results of the court hearing sent another clear message to irresponsible dog owners.
“Council is serious about enforcing to the full extent of the law – and the outcome of today’s court case of a dog causing serious injury to a groundsman at Maroochy Rugby League Club is testament to this,” she said.
“The magistrate recorded a conviction in this case and imposed a total penalty on all charges in the amount of $2000 plus ordered court costs of $173.60 and professional fees of $750.
“He took into account the defendant’s elderly age, the fact that she had no previous incidents in relation to the dogs, and that she showed remorse.
“Reference was made to the fact whether the elderly defendant who was walking three dogs, two of which were very large strong dogs, was capable of controlling them at the time of the incident. It is important that residents ensure they have the right dog for their circumstances.”
Today’s case took the number of prosecutions this calendar year alone to 18, Ms Nichols said.
“One other case scheduled for today – one involving three dogs attacking a jogger in Chevallum – has been adjourned to November,” she said.
“When council announced enough was enough when it came to irresponsible dog owners we meant it and it would seem the court system feels the same way.”
Ms Nichols said she wanted to thank the broader community for keeping council informed about dogs acting aggressively towards people or animals.
“Council has had 35 dog attacks reported on other animals and 14 dog attacks reports on people in the last month,” she said.
“We encourage people to continue to report these incidents as it means we can investigate, take appropriate action and work in partnership with the community.
“I’ve said this before but I want to reinforce this important message that people have the right to feel safe in their community and Council will do everything in our power to protect this right which could include fines up to $34,000 and the euthanasia of your dog.”
Members of the community can contact Sunshine Coast Council on 5475 7272 if they wish to report an incident.