Fate of vicious dog still unknown
IT could be more than a month before the fate of the dog at the centre of a CMC inquiry into Rockhampton Regional Council is made public.
The whereabouts of the animal, which was implicated in a savage attack on Shirley Roberts, remains shrouded in mystery today.
The dog, which was spared destruction even though two others were put down after the mauling, was banished to a rural property in Lismore, NSW, and declared a dangerous dog.
But earlier this week it was revealed it was in Rockhampton, raising speculation that it might never have been sent away in the first place.
On Monday afternoon a squad of council officers, with police back-up, attended the home of its owners in Horton Street, Koongal.
Citing the Privacy Act, the council refused to comment on the reasons for the visit.
The council has refused to make any further comment on the matter until the conclusion of an inquiry by an independent investigator appointed to prepare a report for the Crime and Misconduct Commission.
The CMC confirmed that it had been asked to investigate the conduct of the council over the issue and had received a number of complaints.
Mrs Roberts, who is recovering from the attack which put her in hospital for five days, said yesterday she had not been kept informed.
And she too said she had been advised by lawyers to make no comment about the council’s conduct, any legal action that was pending or the state of her recovery.
The dog’s owner was also tight-lipped yesterday and made it clear he would not discuss the issue.
So it appears the public will have to wait until the council meets to discuss the inquiry findings or if anyone will face censure.
Mayor Brad Carter said earlier this week he expected the report to be available to councillors in early February.