Dogs destroyed and owner fined $3k over Kadina High attack

THE dogs that attacked and killed 14 sheep at Goonellabah's Kadina High School on Tuesday morning have been destroyed and their owners fined almost $3000.   A Lismore City Council spokeswoman said council rangers had completed their investigation into the incident today.   "The dogs were seized at the site of the attack, and because they were microchipped, the investigation was able to proceed quickly," the spokeswoman said.   "On Wednesday morning council rangers attended the address of the dog owners, who had also contacted Council as they had heard the news about the dog attack and were worried about their missing dogs.   "The owners of the dogs had made attempts to keep the dog contained within the yard with an electric fence, however with the wet weather the dogs had dug under the fence and escaped."   The people admitted ownership of the dogs and were devastated with what happened.   "They signed surrender forms for both the animals and paid a $374 surrender fee to council," the spokeswoman said.   This morning both dogs were taken to a vet clinic and euthanased.   "Fines totalling $2,849 have now been issued in accordance with council's Enforcement Policy and Guidelines," the spokeswoman said.   "The maximum penalty for each dog attack is $22,000 or imprisonment for 2 years, or both.   "This offence was considered not in the worst category of dog attack offences, and having considered all of the circumstances, the fine amount was considered to be comparable to the penalty if the matter went to court on this matter."   The spokeswoman said the dogs owner knows the devastation this has caused to the students, and has also agreed voluntarily to pay compensation directly to Kadina High School which is likely to total around $3,000 based on invoices.   The Principal of Kadina High, Ian Davies, is satisfied with Council's actions in dealing with the attack and the outcomes.  


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