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Owner denies dog is sheep killer

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The owner of a dog accused of killing sheep in Bellevue earlier this week says his dog was stolen from his driveway, and that he will be pressing charges.

Not only is his dog not a sheep killer, he’s a sheep killer catcher, says owner James Miller.

“This has been blasted all over the net that my dog’s a sheep killer, when in actual fact I’m the one who caught the two dogs that mauled all the sheep at the end of last year - because my dog woke us up in the middle of the night because something was outside.

 “He’s definitely not the sheep mauling dog. We have sheep over in our paddock as well. He’s been cleared and I want something put on the post to say that’s not the dog that’s been mauling the sheep.

“I’m having that dude arrested for stealing my dog. He was taken out of my driveway. There are legal charges pending, I’m having that dude arrested.”

James says his dog has never been impounded before.

“I walk the dog every day. I live just down the road from this fella. When he came and took the dog, the dog was at the end of my driveway. Admittedly he wasn’t on my section, but he was still on private property. He took the dog and before he even rung the council he rung my wife up because the contact details are on the collar.

“And told her that he had our dog and that he was taking him home and getting the pound to come and get him. My wife triad to explain to him that he had just taken him from our driveway, and he wouldn’t listen.”

The dog was taken from a private right of way says James. It was impounded overnight and released today without charge.

The custodian of the Powell property where the sheep was killed says he collected the dog from the middle of the road.

He was seen doing it by three high school aged boys, whom he asked if they owned the dog.

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Private property

Posted on 03-06-2017 09:11 | By kinakat

Unfortunately dog owners are not allowed to let their dogs roam freely even on privately owned land and that’s the rules. Everyone visiting a private property must have safe access to the front door without being hassled by dogs. So yes as a dog owner you must be responsible for your dogs twenty four hours of the day. I live on a rural property and have learnt the hard way that my dogs are not allowed to roam freely on my own land which is properly gated,signed and electrically fenced fully.And even though having done all of the above to secure our property we must still be aware at all times exactly where the dogs are.So unfortunately they get cabled (chained up) if we can’t be outside watching them which suxs for them.

Posted on 01-06-2017 20:03 | By maildrop

You’re clearly upset by the false accusations and that you’re dog was taken. Fair enough, but you must understand that some people are VERY scared of loose dogs, for good reason. There is no excuse for loose dogs. Keep it under control at all times.
Best of luck for a good outcome mate

Posted on 01-06-2017 17:10 | By Papamoaner

Usual story- too many armchair jurors jumping to conclusions without hearing all sides of the story.Most of them probably own cats too !
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