Justice for Bolto

Megan Hughes reports

16 August 2017

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Kylie Rosin

A Mareeba dog owner wants answers from council after her 18 month old husky Bolto was put down.

Kylie Rosin says he escaped the yard on August 3rd and within six days when they went to pick him up he'd been euthanised.

"They kept saying he's unavailable, I mean I don't know how anybody else would take that but what does it mean when a dog is unavailable?" she said.

It's also been claimed that Bolto snapped at one of the officers who collected him. Though Council says this isn't why they put him down. 

The proof Kylie received that Bolto had bitten a council officer


Now Ms Rosin wants to make sure this doesn't happen to anyone else. They've created a Justice for Bolto Facebook group.

"I didn't deserve what I got yesterday in that shire council office."

Mareeba Mayor Tom Gilmore says they struggled to find the right owners because the dog was not registered at the time and they even kept him longer than they legally had to.

"The facts are the animal was not appropriately contained, it was wandering, it was picked up, it was impounded, the people didn't come in and pay the fines etc. then a person purporting to be the owner of the animal came in and surrendered it."

The Mareeba Shire Council has voted through another animal inspection program today to be carried out in Speewah, Kuranda and Mount Molloy.

Councillor Gilmore says animals take up a lot of their resources.

"Council has a responsibility to respond when you have neighbourhood complaints about barking dogs, roaming dogs, horses or cattle."

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