THEIR dog is home, but council is still sinking its teeth into owners of a declared dangerous dog.
It has cost the Thomas family $35,000 to $45,000 to overturn Ipswich City Council's destruction order on their dog Bruce, an eight-year-old bull arab.
Yesterday Chris and Kev Thomas were facing the Ipswich Magistrates Court on further action relating to the alleged dog attack in August.
Council is now prosecuting against the dog owners under the Animal Management Act for failing to ensure an attack does not take place and for failing to ensure compliance with a permit condition.
The two charges attract maximum penalties totalling more than $14,000.
A hearing on the matter has been set for October 28.
The council is also reviewing a ruling by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT), which effectively overturns its destruction order on the dog.
Council's Health and Community Safety committee chairman Andrew Antoniolli yesterday made no apologies for the council's tough and relentless stance, saying the council had a duty to protect residents from dangerous dogs.
"The action we took has been purely based on our concern for community safety and we still have that strong belief that the action we took is justified," Cr Antoniolli said.
"We're reviewing the QCAT appeal decision and making a determination as to whether or not we will exercise our legal right to appeal the decision.
"We have a duty to ensure community safety and that is the reason we undertook the action and we certainly don't back down from that."
Mr Thomas said the family had no regrets about taking costly legal action to save their dog.
"Bruce is now an old dog and quite different to the energetic one that we had taken from us almost a year ago," he said.
"We look into his sad eyes and see his soft heart is still there.
"We have no regrets about spending the money on our family member even if he were only to live another couple of years.
"If Bruce escaped and attacked someone outside his yard and injured them we would not have tried to save him.
"It would have been a terrible time for us but we would not risk that happening again."
He said council told the family they would accept the umpire's decision in the QCAT appeal.
"The umpire has made that decision and Bruce is now living in his new enclosure," he said.
"We do not expect the council will go back on their word.
" They have just had a senior member of QCAT overturn their decision, wouldn't they be rejoicing in the fact that they don't have to kill that dog?"