Owner keen to help working party

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A man who previously found himself on the wrong side of dog control is now keen to be part of a working party to gather information for the development of a targeted action plan aimed at reducing dog-related danger and nuisance.

Royston Baynton had a recent brush with dog control when three sheep on a neighbour’s property were killed and a further five badly injured.

The injured sheep had to be euthanased.

While there was video footage of the incident it was too grainy to clearly identify the dogs.

Mr Baynton was sure his three Rottweilers were not involved in the attack on the sheep which happened early in the morning. He said they were inside.

If his dogs were outside and had attacked the sheep he would have known as one had a white patch on his chest and that would have been covered in blood, he said.

The dogs were dry, and if they had been out they would have been wet as there was a heavy mist that night, he said.

“The damage to those sheep was horrendous. If they did do it they would have to be put down,” Mr Baynton said.

The Mataura man said people were often afraid of the dogs as they were so big.

His dogs had also previously been picked up by dog control, but he was not fined. Instead he installed adequate fencing to keep the canines contained.

Now Mr Baynton is keen to share his knowledge on dog ownership and canine behaviour with the council via the working party.

Mr Baynton met Gore District Council regulatory and planning general manager Ian Davidson-Watts last week, and was keen to help the council by being involved with the formulation of new dog control measures.

He described the meeting as positive.

“It’s not all negative coming from dog control.”

The Mataura man was concerned not only about his dogs’ welfare but also of the sheep that regularly wandered on to a gravel accessway at the rear of Kana St north properties, he said.

Kana St north was a busy road leading on to Old Coach Rd, which was used by vehicles including trucks.

His biggest concern was the sheep would make their way on to Kana St and cause an accident, he said.

“It’s only a matter of time before something is going to happen,” Mr Baynton said.

“I don’t blame the sheep for wandering. It’s the responsibility of the owner.”

Dr Davidson-Watts said Mr Baynton’s dogs were picked up outside his home and then returned without a fine as he was willing to fence his property adequately to keep them enclosed.

Mr Baynton was willing to heed the advice of dog control and comply with suitable fencing, Dr Davidson-Watts said.

He was also keen to serve on a committee.