Owner fined $1500 over ‘likely the shire’s worst dog attack’
THE owner of two dogs which savaged a man at Billinudgel in January has been fined $1500 in the Byron Bay Local Court.
Robert David Tannock pleaded guilty on Wednesday to failing to fence a property to stop the dogs from escaping and failing to register them with council or get them microchipped.
He was fined $750 for each dog plus ordered to pay council costs of $800.
The victim's right elbow was de-gloved and he sustained puncture wounds to the right hand and upper left leg after he was attacked while walking along the road at Billinudgel about 8am on January 10.
He required hospitalisation and extensive surgery in what council's governance manager, Ralph James said was likely the worst dog attack in the shire's history.
The owner organised for the two mastiff crosses aged 12 and one year of age to be euthanized that same day.
Mr James said under the Companion Animals Act a dog can be declared dangerous if it rushes at a person on more than one occasion.
"Once a dog is involved in an attack, strict control requirements apply with future fines varying upward from $33,000," he said.