The Collie Breaker must continue to be muzzled and neutered following an unsuccessful appeal by its owner, Bryan Tresidder, following a collision with another dog in which the owner was intervened and bitten.
A Wellington resident appealed his dog’s classification as “threatening” after his pet allegedly bit someone while fighting another dog – but his appeal was unsuccessful.
It is the first time in more than 15 years that Wellington City Council has held such an appeal hearing.
The 7-year-old collie named Breaker was identified as a threatening dog by the council health team in late June after an incident on May 20. Its owner, Bryan Tresidder, appealed the decision.
But the decision has been confirmed and Breaker will continue to be muzzled in public and must be neutered.
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Council committee chairman who heard the appeal, Malcolm Sparrow, said, “There has been no record of a hearing of this type – an objection to threatening dog classification – for the past 15 years or more, so we are breaking new ground. ”
The applicant, Garry Evans, received a “dog bite with deep stab wounds on his leg and a large flap of skin that stuck” on his calf that took several months to heal after trying to separate the dogs when they started to fight.
Tresidder said Breaker walked off the leash to Evans and his Labrador George at the lookout on Barnard and Lennel Street in Wadestown. Tresidder turned to walk away, waved Breaker’s stick for him, assuming he would follow, but heard a growl and turned around.
Breaker is “very obedient, usually under control,” according to its owner Bryan Tresidder.
“I saw the complainant standing next to Breaker, across from me. Mr. Evans shoves his bare leg – he was wearing shorts – into Breaker’s mane. “
“I think it is most likely that the applicant was bitten by his own dog while his leg was buried in the fur on Breaker’s neck,” Tresidder said.
Breaker was previously on the news for riding his family’s parrot on his back, and Tresidder said he was “very obedient, usually under control”.
Animal control officer Wayne Batty said Breaker had shown no aggression towards him when he visited Tresidder about the complaint.
The 7-year-old collie named Breaker was born in late June after an incident on Jan.
Jude Austin, head of the council’s public health team, said Tresidder had a history of failure to comply with the Dog Control Act, including a prior warning that Breaker was kept unleashed in a restricted area.
Tresidder said, “I realized that was a mistake and these things can get out of hand pretty quickly.”
On another occasion, police inquired about a trail of blood on the street leading to Tresidder’s house, which they believe was caused by an accidental scratch by Breaker on a varicose vein.
“I don’t think there is any need to protect the public from breakers,” Tresidder said. “He won’t bite anyone and he hasn’t bitten anyone.”
He was disappointed and upset with the result.
Councilor Jenny Condie argued it was a minor inconvenience for Breaker to continue to be muzzled to keep the public safe.