Angry neighbour held dog ‘hostage’

A NEIGHBOURS' spat has ended in court after a dog was held hostage at the boiling point of an ongoing dispute.

A woman locked the animal inside her Killarney home on the morning of June 12 and claimed the move was to protect her own animals. She said the dog had constantly terrorised her sheep and chooks and she was trying to prevent it continuing.

The male owner of the dog confronted the woman over his missing pet and she refused to release the dog to him.

Police prosecutor Ken Wiggan last week told the Warwick Magistrates Court that when the woman refuse to surrender the dog, the owner took matters into his own hands.

"She said her neighbour was agitated and aggressive and demanded she return his dog from inside her home," Sergeant Wiggan said. "She said he pushed past her, yelling and swearing, and took the dog. He then hit the door on the way out and broke it."

Defence lawyer Bonnie O'Brien conceded the man took the dog but said the woman tripped him on the way out, which caused him to fall into and break the door.

Ms O'Brien told the court the dog had wandered into the neighbour's yard but had done so after constantly being beckoned by the neighbour's children.

The 31-year-old Killarney man pleaded guilty to assault and trespass. He was placed on a $1000 good behaviour bond for 12 months.



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