A woman who recently moved back to Perth is ‘in pieces’ after a local ranger recommended her beloved dog be euthanised.
Monty, a two-year-old boxer x mastiff, jumped over a secure fence in an East Fremantle backyard when his owner Angela Beechey was out getting dinner last Wednesday.
According to witnesses, the rescue dog, who is also deaf, ‘attacked’ two people nearby, including a cyclist.
Both had subsequent tetanus shots for leg bites.
Monty, pictured with his owner Angela Beechey on the Gold Coast earlier this year
Monty was popular at a number of cafes, gym and even a pub in Gold Coast suburb Miami
Ms Beechey was approached by a ranger at her home address the following day, who informed her Monty must now be formally declared a ‘dangerous dog.’
He must also be classified under the Dangerous Dog Act, which includes caging, muzzling and surveillance.
If Ms Beechey doesn’t comply, her companion will reportedly have a destruction order placed on him.
‘I was in shock, I didn’t know what to say at first,” the 24-year-old told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday.
‘Monty is such a fun loving dog, when I was living in Queensland I used to always take him to the gym, cafes, even my local pub for happy hour.
‘He has never attacked anyone before, it was definitely out of character.’
Monty was taken away by the ranger last week and is currently at a Perth refuge until an investigation is complete.
Ms Beechey, who has engaged the services of a lawyer, is paying $46 each day to keep Monty in the pound.
Monty, a two-year-old boxer x mastiff, pictured on a popular beach in Queensland recently
Monty’s distraught owner Angela Beechey took to Facebook to recall her ‘living nightmare’
Monty, a two-year-old boxer x mastiff, could be euthanised after biting two women in Perth
‘They (ranger) took him straight away on a pole with a muzzle on him,” the distraught marketing manager said.
‘I will be fighting the destruction order in court as well as the request for him to be marked down as a dangerous dog for the rest of his life.
‘This has all happened so quickly so I’m a bit of a mess – I’ve barely slept the past week out of worry.
‘If anyone has any advice on getting him out of this situation it would be greatly appreciated.’
Ms Beechey has also raised close to $2500 of her $4000 goal via GoFundMe.