There is no reason Hank should have been seized by Moreton Bay Regional Council. They had approved him to stay with his owners under certain conditions and [the owners] were complying, willingly.  This approval continued successfully for 6 months, right throughout multiple Council inspections confirming compliance.  There were no further complaints or concern about his behaviour.  There was still time left for him to be desexed and he continued to be kept as required in his council-approved enclosure and muzzled in public.  There is no justification to suddenly seize and destroy him.

Original Investigating Officer from MBRC to spokesperson for Hank’s family, 1 January 2018

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Initial Investigating Officer

“…. confined in very small, barren cages that do not provide sufficient space for the animal. They may never be allowed out of the cage, leading to psychological and medical problems. Dogs and puppies are unable to express normal behaviours in such confinement (they have no space to exercise, play or explore) and this can lead to the development of repetitive behaviours, also called ‘stereotypies’, and other psychological problems. Repetitive behaviours are one the most serious indicators of long-term welfare problems and can include circling, excessive licking of paws, flanks or the cage and howling. Dogs in these situations can develop severe mental illness which can affect their ability to be re-homed.

The bones and muscles of caged dogs are often weak and painful from the lack of space and exercise. Being confined also prevents dogs… from having opportunities to socialise with humans and other animals. Confining animals permanently in small cages means that they must eat, sleep, toilet… all in the same small area, causing great suffering and promoting infection and disease.

Confinement leads to:
• severe psychological distress
• serious behavioural problems
• serious medical and physiological problems
• socialisation problems.

…A high incidence of viral, bacterial and fungal infections including canine distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus and kennel cough. These conditions can cause acute suffering and can also have chronic effects on the animals that survive the initial infection.”

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“As the initial Investigating Officer, it is really disappointing to have heard such news. Animal Owners have been very compliant with the Councils decision and have acted above and beyond the required conditions for the keeping of a Declared Dangerous Dog (DD). I appreciate Hank was not desexed however, I, as was Councils Brad Foley Co ordinator and Patrick Jensen Team Leader aware of the due date to have Hank desexed by. This date being 28 May 2017. I believe Hank was seized before this date. I am aware of other DD Dogs that still live within our MBRC region that I personally believe are more of a threat or risk to our Community than what Hank is. I didn’t make the QCAT hearing due to being unwell however the action taken by Council is quiet concerning for all animal Owners within our MBRC region. The action and decision I made initially I believe was fair and just. The action MBRC have taken is unfair and fear based. Tammy and Nathan don’t give up. I appreciate its hard and costly. Regardless of your future decision don’t let Hanks outcome finish there. People need to be aware of possible outcomes relating to their pets and Council need to be held accountable for their decisions.”

Initial Investigating Officer with Moreton Bay Regional Council.
24 December 2017.

Initial Investigating Officer

This was a well dog in a very good condition on entry to the pound.  Adding insult to injury, he is being kept in a manner that no member of the public would be allowed to keep their pet in.”

Tam & Nathan (Hank’s human parents), 30 December 2017.

Hank’s Family