A Western Australian women whose dog escaped from her home and bit two people is pleading for her pet to be saved from death row.
Angela Beechey, 24, says her two-year-old boxer x mastiff, Monty, who was born deaf and is a rescue dog, acted out of character when he bit two people in Fremantle, WA.
Taking to Facebook, Beechey explained that she and Monty had recently moved from Queensland to Western Australia and that the dog had been scared after travelling in a car for five days.
She left Monty alone at home and went to dinner last week, only to discover the dog standing out the front of the house when she got home. To her knowledge, he hadn’t run away, but had simply jumped the fence. The next morning, a ranger arrived at the home with a photo of Monty advising that the dog ran down the main road and bit two people. Both victims reported the incidents, although Beechey insists it isn’t normal for her pet to act like this.
“This is completely out of character and I know he was just scared and looking for me,” Beechey wrote in a Facebook post. “He has escaped once before back in Queensland and he made friends with the guys that found him and he was fine.”
Monty was taken to the pound where he will be held pending an investigation. A destruction order will be placed on Monty and a heartbroken Beechey said she has no choice but to fight in court for the right for Monty to remain alive.
“This has all happened so quickly and I’m a bit of a mess about it, struggling to find the strength to function let alone help the situation,” she wrote. “If anyone has any advice on getting him out of this situation it would be greatly appreciated.”
Beechey has since set up an online GoFundMe page, asking for $4,000 to keep the dog alive. She claimed that if the destruction order isn’t placed on Monty, he will be declared a dangerous dog and will have to live his life under the dangerous dog act including caging, muzzling and surveillance.
The investigation could take months and according to Beechey, Monty won’t be allowed to return home until it’s complete. Instead, he will remain at the dog refuge.
“The journey is going to be long and very expensive,” she wrote on her GoFundMe page. “I would appreciate any little bit you can give to help us fight for his life, after just relocating interstate which was already an expensive exercise I’m left in financial difficulty to fight for him.”
She admitted she didn’t know how much legal fees would cost, but said she couldn’t live with herself if she didn’t try.
In two days, the campaign has already raised $2,650 of the goal, with people sending their support online.
One person wrote: “Ange I am so sorry you’re going through this. Your beautiful boy is so sweet and loving, it is obvious he was scared and reacted this way with strangers around and in a new place. He deserves to live a long life with you.”
Another said: “So sorry to hear your very sad story Angela. I am hoping for a good outcome for you and Monty and hope that you get him back very soon.”
A third added: “Such a gentle, placid and loving dog.”
There have been a number of vicious dog attacks around the country in months, stirring debate over whether more breeds should be added to Australia’s banned dogs list. However, questions remain over what should happen to dogs that act out of character and bit people in a one-off incident.