On January 7, 2020, a Boggabri resident appeared before His Honour, P. Thompson at Gunnedah Local Court as a result of Narrabri Shire Council initiating a prosecution against the resident arising from an incident which occurred on November 16 in Boggabri.

The court heard that during the morning of November 16, 2019, three dogs owned by the resident left her residence and entered a property 100 metres further along Wee Waa Street.

One dog entered a chicken pen at the nearby property and mauled all six chickens within the pen, which were children’s pets.

Investigations initiated by Narrabri Shire Council resulted in the owner of the dogs being charged with two offences – ‘Owner of Attacking Dog’ and ‘Owner Fail to Prevent Dog Escaping.’

The owner of the dogs entered pleas of guilty to both charges, with the Court imposing fines of $1500 for being the owner of an attacking dog and $300 for failing to prevent the dogs escaping. The Court also made a declaration that the attacking dog is ‘Dangerous’ as defined by the Companion Animals Act (NSW).

The Court further made an order for the destruction of the dog.

The Court also ordered the amount of $150 compensation for the owners of the chickens.