Gold Coast, NSW, Australia: Owners spend $500k in bid to save dog

Updated article 4/6:

Couple’s $500k dog fight down the drain

By Thomas Chamberlin
From: Gold Coast Bulletin
April 06, 2010 8:27AM

A GOLD Coast couple’s six-year $500,000 fight to have their dog Tango classified as an American staffordshire terrier, rather than an American pit bull, has failed.

Kylie Chivers and John Mokomoko took on the Gold Coast City Council in the Supreme Court over the identification of Tango in a bid to keep him due to American pit bulls being a banned breed in the region, The Gold Coast Bulletin reports.

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The court ruling could have wider ramifications for thousands of dog owners, who believed their American staffordshire terriers were a different breed and not subject to the same dangerous breed by-laws.

Article retrieved 4/6/10 from http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/court-battle-to-keep-dog-alive/story-e6frf7l6-1225850203997

Owners spend $500k in bid to save dog

By Thomas Chamberlin
From: Gold Coast Bulletin
April 06, 2010 8:27AM

•Couple buy dog for $300
•’$500,000 spent’ to keep him alive
•Ruling to determine his fate

[…] Today, hundreds of thousands of dollars later, a judge is to decide Tango’s fate in a decision which could have wider ramifications for thousands of dog owners, after council lawyers argued the American pit bull and American staffordshire terrier were the same breed, meaning both were dangerous.

[…]  Along with thousands of pages of documents, the couple also obtained DNA samples from Tango’s parents and submitted a breed identification test to the court, arguing the 22-point identification checklist from southeast councils was flawed.

Article retrieved 4/5/10 from http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/national/court-battle-to-keep-dog-alive/story-e6frf7l6-1225850203997

2 responses to “Gold Coast, NSW, Australia: Owners spend $500k in bid to save dog

  1. selwyn marock

    It is no wonder Western civilisation is falling apart at the seams,with Halfwits like this running goverments.
    Lets all move to China or Iran,definitely more common sense there.

  2. John Mokomoko should be a national hero.