Alyssa Beckhouse said her dog Indy was her support during her time of grieving.
Alyssa Beckhouse said her dog Indy was her support during her time of grieving. Contributed

'She wouldn't hurt a fly': 'Dangerous' dog seized

A KINGAROY mother is distraught after the seizure of her beloved companion dog who helped her through some of her darkest days.

Alyssa Beckhouse said her four-year-old dog Indiana, or Indy for short, was a loving pet.

"She wouldn't hurt a fly," she said.

"She will bark when people walk past the house."

Indy is more than just a dog to Miss Beckhouse as she helped her grieve the loss of her son four years ago.

"I would like my dog back because I can't deal with this without her, it's too much," she said.

South Burnett Regional Council representatives and police officers allegedly visited Miss Beckhouse with a warrant to seize the bull Arab staffy cross on Thursday, September 12.

The dog was taken to the pound because it was "declared dangerous".

A South Burnett Regional Council representative said once a dog had attacked or caused fear, the council could declare the animal as a dangerous or menacing dog.

The owner then has to comply with the special conditions listed in the State Government legislation.

Indy was seized after a woman was allegedly bitten in October last year.

Miss Beckhouse said her dog was kept in the backyard.

"She's attached to a long chain which reaches from one end of my house, a couple of feet long," she said.

"The shackle is pretty strong, she has not broken it off once."

On the day of the alleged attack, Miss Beckhouse said the shackles of the chain appeared to have been cut.

"It's as if she was purposely let off. It looks like someone had gone with pliers," she said.

 

Alyssa Beckhouse said her dog Indy was gentle with her two-year-old daughter.
Alyssa Beckhouse said her dog Indy was gentle with her two-year-old daughter. Contributed

Miss Beckhouse said she had been unaware of any other allegations regarding Indy.

She said her dog was always on the chain when unattended.

"I hadn't taken her out of the house, except for the park across the road, other than that she's on a big runner from one end of the yard to another," Miss Beckhouse said.

She said the dog was gentle around her two-year-old daughter.

"My two-year-old will walk up to her and pull on her fur, she won't do anything," she said.

"She will lay there and let her cuddle her and feed her from her hand straight from the high chair."

The dog owner said Indy was not registered as a dangerous dog, and she had not been told to do so after the the alleged attack in October.

The council representative said seized dangerous dogs were held in a secure facility until the completion of investigations.

"Depending on those outcomes and decisions, the dog may be kept until any court matters are finalised, or it may be released back to the owner, or as a last resort it may be destroyed," they said.

Kingaroy police confirmed the dog had been seized by council and police assisted under the provisions of the Police Powers and Responsibility Act 2000.

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