Today, 13th January 2018, nearly 200 supporters walked from Apex Park to Council Chambers in Caboolture to call on Moreton Bay Regional Council to release Hank back to his family and stop the destruction order they have placed on him for accidentally injuring a child that caused a single wound. They currently have the support of more than 72,000 signatures from Australia and around the world and a Facebook following of almost 4,000, all of whom agree that Hank has been unfairly and cruelly incarcerated for the past 8 months and does not deserve a death sentence, especially after complying with the regulated dog conditions Council imposed and approved as compliant. Here are some highlights from the footage today (1) and (2).
“We’re out the front here of Moreton Bay Regional Council. […] We’ve got Jamie Fry, MBRC’s initial officer, who was involved in Hanks case from the beginning and has stood by this family ever since because what’s happened has not been fair and the people responsible have not listened to the community, have not listened to this family or anyone else. This issue is not going to go away, this family is going to fight this to the Supreme Court and what actually went on is going to come out.”
- Spokesperson from Hank’s Team
“MBRC have been misleading the general public with false and unqualified statements by saying horrific injuries occurred when no medical specialists have attested to that. […] All witnesses agreed, including the child’s mother, that it was an accident and while the declaration and the appeals process was occurring, the mother was happy for herself and her daughter to visit after the incident on several occasions, and Hank was there all those times.
“It wasn’t until after a fallout with Hank’s owners and the rest of the neighborhood, that the mother went to a local state politician, who contacted two councilors and attempted to contact the mayor, and following that, the dog was suddenly seized and a destruction order issued.”
- Spokesperson from Hank’s team
Jamie Fry, the original investigating officer, said that for six months after the incident, Hank and his family complied with Council’s requirements as confirmed through multiple inspections. He said it was agreed upon by all, including Council, that the last condition (desexing) was not due yet at the time of seizure, so seizure should not have occurred in the first place.
“Council were satisfied requirements were being met by Tammy and Nathan for a very long time. […] I don’t see how six months later, one person can make Council overturn that decision”.
“It is a reminder to any animal owner; if your animal causes fare in any way shape or form and you get an investigating officer come out and deal with you on that matter, even if they say to you that no further action will be taken, going by what has occurred here, doesn’t necessarily mean that in 6 month’s times you can’t get Council turning up and taking further action against you, even with no supporting evidence or any further complaints. This is why it can’t stop here…”
- Jamie Fry, Investigating Council Officer
“There are many stories today that people have put forward to us, that Council are now just bullying them”.
- Nathan Wallace, Hank’s owner
“I get quite emotional, the support has been overwhelming and we can’t thank you enough. I’d like to say a special thank you to my partner, Nathan, because he has been my voice through all of this and I could not have gotten through every day without him.”
- Tammy Bradshaw, Hank’s owner
“Everyone’s been on their best behaviour with their dogs, we’ve had no issue. We’ve had a fantastic day, so much support. This is an example of the type of people that Hank’s family are and the people that follow him.”
- Spokesperson from Hank’s team
“I reckon he’ll get out soon. The rangers are being a bit mean but they need to learn a thing or two about dogs.”
“We’re not asking for too much, just a fair hearing. The rules are there for a reason and they need to be adhered to.”
“This is all about a local politician’s interference with a local government’s decision of ‘Dangerous Dog,’ in order to seize the dog with a destruction order. That was all based on a complainant who visited a state local member who then contacted two Councilors and next thing you know, Hank was seized and a destruction order issued. This was several months after the Council was adamant that he was to be a regulated dog; there was no issue raised about that dog being destroyed because of that injury.”
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