Build a higher fence or Kyra the dog is doomed
CATHERINE Maylor's dog Kyra doesn't really fit the profile of a dangerous dog.
The staffy cross rhodesian ridgeback is 11 years old - 77 in dog years - has a slipped vertebrae in her spine, bad hips and spends the day lying about the house.
"We can't even take Kyra on walks anymore because it's too physically demanding for her," Ms Maylor said.
Despite all that, Ipswich City Council has instructed Ms Maylor to have her fence raised to 1.8m, in line with the conditions of owning a regulated dog.
Kyra was declared dangerous by the council in 2010, following an incident in which she bit the hand of a woman who was delivering pamphlets to the Silkstone residence.
Under the State Government's Animal Management (Cats and Dogs) Act, as a regulated dog, enclosure requirements now apply.
One regulation states dogs more than 8kg must be enclosed within walls at least 1.8m high. Ms Maylor's fence is 1.3m.
Days after the biting incident, Ms Maylor said she was visited by investigators who deemed her home to comply with the enclosure restrictions.
She said only recently had the council decided to enforce the fence rule.
If she doesn't comply within the next few weeks, the 24-year-old said her dog could be removed from the property.
"To replace our fence with a higher one will cost thousands of dollars," she said. "We've complied with every other regulation and Kyra is not a threat to anyone.
"All I want is for my dog to be able to live out its final year at home."
Health and Community Safety Committee chairperson councillor Andrew Antoniolli said ICC had recently embarked on an active inspection program to confirm registered regulated dog owners were complying with the law.
He said the non-compliance of the fence at Silkstone was detected as part of this recent inspection program.
"The resident in question is the owner of a dangerous dog and is required to be complaint with the state law," he said.
"The council cannot cut corners for dangerous dogs, as public safety is paramount.
"The council will continue to work with this property owner to achieve compliance."