Dog declared 'dangerous' after attacking, killing family pet
AN ISAAC region dog owner has failed to prevent his pooch being declared dangerous after a tribunal found it set upon an elderly cat which died of catastrophic injuries minutes later.
However, Pugsley avoided death row following the incident and ensuing legal drama.
Neville Ernest Mervyn Hazelgrove took on Isaac Regional Council before the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal in Brisbane on March 15.
Mr Hazelgrove claimed his family pets Pugsley and Bandit (Bandit has since died) had no role whatsoever in the death of Isaac couple Darryl and Delroy Doyle's tabby cat Gracie - which they had owned for more than 17 years - on April 24, 2016.
However, in her finding this month, tribunal Member Philippa Beckinsale found it had in fact occurred.
"There was no evidence before the tribunal that Pugsley has ever posed any threat to persons. Nor was there any evidence he has previously attacked or injured another animal," she said in a published decision. "His owner did not accept that Pugsley left his yard and attacked Gracie saying it was not possible but I have made findings that has occurred."
Ms Beckinsale decided a dangerous dog declaration against Pugsley should be upheld "so that he will be properly contained within his yard to prevent future attacks ... ".
"I do not think it appropriate to declare him merely menacing as the attack was serious, resulting in the death of another animal," the decision read.
"Nor would I consider it appropriate to order the destruction of Pugsley as that measure should be a 'last resort'.
"I order that the decision of the Isaac Regional Council to declare Pugsley dangerous is upheld." The April 2016 attack is detailed in the tribunal's decision and speaks of Gracie the cat appearing to have suffered "crushed ribs, a broken jaw and three broken legs", leading to the beloved pet's almost immediate death.
Mr Hazelgrove maintained throughout that his dogs could not be responsible as they remained locked up at home.