NSW Dangerous Dog In Newcastle City Council - Animal Attacks Legal Position?

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Andrew Parkinson

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19 July 2014
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I live in the Newcastle city council region of NSW. Recently there was an incident involving my staff and the neighbour maltese like dog. Unfortunately the other dog passed. Prior to the incident after some time for it to sink in , in the interest of conflict resolution one dog was surrendered, we are attempting to fight for the other. According to accounts by the neighbour our dogs/dog dragged the neighbours under the fence. This is completely out of character for both.

There was a hole but regardless without it the gap under the fence was enough for the other dog to get through. More inconsistencies like (by sounds of what the attending ranger said) no one witnessed the dragging and no drag marks , as well as a lack of blood( a little but not consistent with the sole intent of killing). Is it common for councils to fight these things? Do we have a leg to stand on regarding animal attacks? Legal representation?

Any advice please

thanks
 

Tim W

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Has Council given you their notice of
"intention to declare the dog to be dangerous"?
 

Andrew Parkinson

Active Member
19 July 2014
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hello

I live in the newcastle city council reigon of nsw. Recently there was an incident involving my staffys and the neighbour maltese like dog. Unfortunately the other dog passed. Prior to the incident after some time for it to sink in , in the interest of conflict resolution one dog was surrendered, we r attempting to fight for the other. According to accounts by the neighbour our dogs/dog dragged the neighbours under the fence. This is completely out of character for both. There was a hole but regardless without it the gap under the fence was enough for the other dog to get through. More inconsistansies like (by sounds of what the attending ranger said) no one witnessed the dragging and no drag marks , aswel as a lack of blood( alittle but not consistent with the sole intent of killing). Is it common for councils to fight these things? Do we have a leg to stand on? Legal representation? Any advice please

thanks
Yes, on monday over phone, waiting documentation
 

Tim W

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28 April 2014
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