QLD council apologises for accidentally putting down dog

A QUEENSLAND council has apologised to a family after mistakenly putting down their beloved dog, in what the mayor has termed a "regrettable incident."

Resident of Hervey Bay, Tania Bell told the media that losing the family's German shepherd Tara was devastating.

Even more devastating was that their dogs death came just three months after her husband's passing.

So how was a loved family pet put down by mistake?

Acting Fraser Coast Mayor George Seymour said Tara was being held at the Hervey Bay pound last month while Mrs Bell built a higher fence following an incident between Tara and another dog.

"I had to raise our fences 1.8 metres and I'd ordered the timber, and I wanted them to come and check everything so we could bring her home in time for Christmas," Mrs Bell told the media.

"So we went out and there was a different compliance officer, and he said look I'm really sorry, I don't know all the details but Tara was euthanased earlier in the week."

"She was my son's dog, she was his best mate, and she was just part of our family."

Councillor Seymour said there would now be a full review of council's internal administration systems in light of the incident.

"We've apologised to the family, obviously what's occurred is deeply regrettable and we're sorry," he said.

"I completely understand their distress and I'm so sorry about what's happened."

"We shouldn't have euthanased this dog and the family was making all the arrangements necessary for the fence, and a mistake occurred."