News

Dog shot, dumped then owners told 'get over it'

Emily Munro and Ashley Unwin of South Grafton with their rottweiler cross dog "Gretel" - after their older dog was killed on the road. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
Emily Munro and Ashley Unwin of South Grafton with their rottweiler cross dog "Gretel" - after their older dog was killed on the road. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

"JUST get over it" is not the message you want to hear when you are trying to find out why the body of your pet dog is at the bottom of a council landfill.

South Grafton couple Emily Munro and Ashley Unwin were shattered to learn of the horrific death of their dog Spike on Monday night.

They returned home to their Bent St home around 7.30pm to find two of their four dogs, Spike and his daughter, Gretel, missing.

After more than an hour of searching in the car and on foot, Mr Unwin and a friend ran into police who told them both dogs had been run over and one had been shot by police because he was too badly injured.

He was taken to the pound and put in cold storage.

"The police told us he was patrolling in the area and we could flag him down," Ms Munro said.

"We showed him a picture of Spike and Gretel and he was able to tell us he'd had to shoot Spike because of his injuries."

They couple had nothing but praise for the way police handled their raw feelings, but could not say the same of Clarence Valley Council staff at the pound the next day

"We phone the after hours number on Monday night and they told us to be at the pound at 8.30am and we would be able to pick him up," Ms Munro said.

"We were there waiting at 8.30am, but the ranger told us he'd gone already," Ms Munro said.

"I told him I needed to know where my dog had gone. I needed to say my goodbyes to him.

"He just said that under his contract he couldn't say where they'd taken Spike."

Ms Munro said a friend told her council disposed of dead animals at its Coutts Crossing landfill site and went there to see if they could find Spike.

"They told me it was impossible to get him because he was covered with tonnes of stuff," Ms Munro said. "But it was good because I knew I was near him and could sort of say good bye."

The couple's attempt to piece together Spike's final hours did not bring any satisfaction.

"I rang around a lot of people trying to find out what happened to him, but no-one would tell me anything," she said.

"When we went back to the pound the ranger told me to stop ringing around because I wouldn't find out anything and would only confuse myself.

"He also told me to 'just get over it'."

The couple admit Spike was not registered and not microchipped, but believe council staff could have been more understanding of their feelings.

"We don't have kids because we're too young," Mr Unwin said. "Instead we have dogs."

Ms Munro said she did not refer to the dogs as such.

"Spike and Ruby are our kids and the pups are our grandkids," she said.

Clarence Valley Council acting general manager, Ashley Lindsay, said council rangers arrived at work to find the dead dog in cold storage, with no idea where it had come from or who the owners were.

"If the dog had been micro-chipped and registered they would have immediately contacted the owner and worked out how they wanted it to be handled," he said.

"We are certainly sorry this has happened. It has been distressing for everyone, including the rangers and, no doubt, police, the driver who hit the dog and the owners.

Topics:  council dogs editors picks pets



McLachlan Park works continuing

Leigh Barrington posted this picture on Facebook of people trying to escape the heat McLachlan Park on a hot day.

Update on McLachlan Park upgrade

iPhone and iPad owners need to do this right now

It could stop a hacker controlling your iPhone or iPad

Local Partners

Why people are saying 2017 is the hardest ever Hottest 100

Flume - Never Be Like You is being favoured to win Triple Js Hottest 100.

Social media laments lack of great music ahead of Hottest 100

'Allo 'Allo! star Gorden Kaye has died

Gorden Kaye, pictured in Brisbane in 2007, found fame as a cafe owner Rene Artois in the iconic British television series ‘Allo ‘Allo!

ACTOR Gorden Kaye, from BBC comedy ‘Allo ‘Allo!, has died.

Lion roars to straight to No 1 at Aussie box office

Nicole Kidman, David Wenham and Sunny Pawar in a scene from the movie Lion.

THE Australian-made movie a hit, while Rogue One nears record mark.

Ozzy Osbourne fell asleep during his driving test

Not a good idea to give Ozzy a Ferrari

Kristen Stewart to host SNL

Kristen Stewart will host a pre-Super Bowl episode of SNL next month

Louis Tomlinson celebrated his son's first birthday

Louis Tomlinson and Briana Jungwirth celebrate son's first birthday

Why investors are flocking to Moranbah

Moranbah homes are selling like hotcakes, creating a supply problem

Investors are scrambling to get into the market

Positive signs for Clarence Valley property market

Yamba had the most expensive units and houses over the year to October.

Yamba houses sell for median of $500,000 each

Age no barrier to buying your first home

Older first home buyers are an increasing segment of the housing market.

Older buyers are a growing segment of the first home buyer market

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

Rates safe from land value hike

DRIVING GROWTH: The Pacific Highway upgrade has been linked to improved land values.

Figures up in latest valuer-general report

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!