Gordon Coulston was glad to have his dog Belle back, after she was sent to Gayndah and back by the North Burnett Regional Council.
Gordon Coulston was glad to have his dog Belle back, after she was sent to Gayndah and back by the North Burnett Regional Council.

Belles back

BELLE the dog has been on a great adventure, courtesy of local ratepayers.

After being impounded in Monto on Thursday, November 20, a Gayndah council worker was paid to make the 304km round trip to collect the blue heeler and take her to Gayndah.

Owners Wendy and Gordon Coulston arrived back home that evening to find no sign of their dog.

"Belle is usually here to greet us when we get home. But I woke up and found my friend had shared an impoundment notice from the North Burnett Regional Council on Facebook," Mrs Coulston said.

"So we rung the council and said Gordon was coming in to collect her.

"It wasn't until he was already in town that we found out they had taken her to Gayndah!"

But the council was quick to return Belle, driving her on another ratepayer-funded journey up from Gayndah to the Mulgildie property by 11.45am on Friday.

"At the end of the day it's just inefficiency. You wouldn't run private enterprise like that," Mrs Coulston said.

"She hadn't been missing long before they decided to take her to Gayndah."

Belle was first found less than 250m from the Coulstons' property and as she is a working dog she isn't registered.

"They said they took her to Gayndah because the weekend was coming up, and they didn't have the facilities to look after her in Monto," Mrs Coulston said.

"What they should have done is put her straight on the Monto Buy Swap Sell Facebook page. Everyone looks at that, someone we know would have recognised her."

The council's David Wiskar said the 608km of mileage undertaken for the dog was partly because the dog controller had to be in Monto on Friday anyway.

"But we have an obligation to look after the dog and the facility to do so is in Gayndah," he said.


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