Owner says dog is not dangerous

Natasha Pustak with her border-collie- cross-cattle dog, Lady, who has been deemed a dangerous dog.
Natasha Pustak with her border-collie- cross-cattle dog, Lady, who has been deemed a dangerous dog.

NATASHA Pustak has been left feeling confused and upset while anxiously waiting to find out if her dog will be put down.

Her border-collie-cross-cattle dog Lady was deemed dangerous following an incident on March 27.

The12-month old dog was outside the fence of Pustak's rental property and barked at a woman walking past before following her down the street.

"Then another lady walked past and Lady barked at her as well… then the pound came and collected her," Natasha said.

"They told me she didn't bite, she was just scared and reacting… she is not a vicious dog."

Lady was impounded for a week and during this time Natasha tried to visit her numerous times.

"I went down to the pound daily to see if I could see her because I had heard horror stories of dogs being put down, and because I hadn't viewed her I was worried," Natasha said.

"I suggested putting her on a runner, chaining her when I'm not at home, or having an RSPCA muzzle approved on her.

"I wanted to take precautions until the investigation was over… all of that was denied."

Central Highlands Regional Council Mayor Peter Maguire said he was advised Miss Pustak's dog was impounded prior to Easter for it escaping her yard and causing fear to members of the public.

Natasha said she wasn't home during the incident and takes responsibility for her dog being out.

She said she was concerned with the lack of communication between herself and the council when she inquired about her dog during the investigation.

"She was locked in the yard, and somehow managed to get out… that was fault on my part, but I'm upset by the treatment," Natasha said.

Cr Maguire said prior to releasing the dog back to Natasha the following Tuesday they had a vet check Lady because Natasha was worried about their ability to look after the dog.

He was told by staff the dog appeared very timid which is why it could have been aggressive and the only way they could handle the dog was on the pole.

"I've been advised, the declaration (being deemed dangerous) is based on the council's own experience with the dog and statements from affected people," Cr Maguire said.

"We upgraded our proposal based on the evidence before us."

Natasha said Lady had been suffering from separation anxiety a few weeks prior.

"It's the first time she's been picked up (by the pound), she would have been scared. It was obviously a bad combination of a lot of things," she said.

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