DOG DEFENDED: Wayne and Janice Baker, with their dogs Sasha (front) and Honey. The Bakers says Richmond Valley Council is being
DOG DEFENDED: Wayne and Janice Baker, with their dogs Sasha (front) and Honey. The Bakers says Richmond Valley Council is being

Council barking up wrong tree over ?dangerous? dog

By RENEE REDMOND

rredmond@northernstar.com.au

OWNERS of a dog declared dangerous by Richmond Valley Council are facing more than $4250 in fines for failing to comply with control requirements.

Wayne and Janice Baker, of Irvington, outside Casino, say their kelpie cross collie, Sasha, is far from dangerous.

They said the council was being 'ridiculous'.

"Our son bought the dog but gave her to us to look after," the couple said.

Sasha's move was prompted by an incident at their son's South Casino home in April, when a passerby says they were bitten by the dog.

"She didn't attack anyone. She barks when someone comes in the yard, that's all," Mr Baker said.

Richmond Valley Council general manager Brian Wilkinson said the council ranger had witness statements to support the claim and had properly advised the owners.

"We sent a notice of intention which they could have responded to, but didn't. The dog was declared dangerous in May and the owners were given details on what they needed to do to comply," Mr Wilkinson said.

"The State Government made the legislation and it is up to us to enforce it.

"We have ample evidence to support our case if it goes to court."

Mr Baker denied receiving any notice from the council, apart from fine reminders.

"We got legal advice and were told to pay the fines," he said.

The Bakers say they can't afford to pay the fines.



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