While Turbo’s life was spared, things were not looking good for his companion Carby.
While Turbo’s life was spared, things were not looking good for his companion Carby. CHRIS ISON CI

Death row pooch will be released

DEATH row dog, Carby, will live to see another day.

In an unexpected change of heart, Rockhampton Regional Council contacted Andrew Kele yesterday morning to discuss options surrounding his impounded watchdog’s release.

Mr Kele said that the council had agreed not to destroy Carby, but instead either release him back into Mr Kele’s care, or find another suitable home.

“We have been discussing several possible options; council has agreed to allow him to be returned or re-homed,” Mr Kele said.

“Several people came forward after the article appeared in the paper and have said that they are prepared to take him in.”

Mr Kele did say that he was looking to find a suitable family to take in his beloved watchdog.

“I was told, if he comes back here and gets out again, he’s a goner.”

Last week The Morning Bulletin revealed that Rockhampton Regional Council had determined Mr Kele was keeping three dogs at his Coonan Street business.

Under local law, a person must not keep more than two dogs on an allotment.

Mr Kele had maintained that his watchdogs Carby and Turbo lived at his business address, while a third dog lived at his private residence. He was forced to surrender Carby for destruction.

Mr Kele expressed his relief to The Morning Bulletin and said he was satisfied with the way things were working out.

“I’m happy because he isn’t going to become a victim of incorrect paperwork work or procedures.”

Rockhampton Regional Council declined to comment on the matter.

The council has been under the microscope of late in relation to animal control and in particular its handling of the dogs involved in brutal attacks on two people in Horton Street last September.

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