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Rabbitohs star Jai Arrow has labeled a council’s decision to euthanize his dog a ‘disgrace’ – despite the American Staffordshire Terrier killing a greyhound just three months after mauling a small dog in Sydney.
The Souths enforcer was not present when his dog Thor fatally attacked an elderly 11-year-old greyhound named Ruby in Bateau Bay on the NSW Central Coast in July.
Ruby, who was owned by devastated couple John and Karen Gowans, was mauled and killed just 100 yards from their home — prompting the Central Coast Council to announce they would be killing Arrow’s dog Thor.
South Sydney’s Jai Arrow has labeled a NSW council’s decision to put his dog Thor down as a disgrace, despite the dog mauling and killing a greyhound
Eleven-year-old Ruby couldn’t be rescued after being attacked by Arrow’s American Staffordshire Terrier and her owners wanted him to be ‘responsible’
The American Staffordshire Terrier was euthanized Friday afternoon, prompting 27-year-old Souths to label the decision as a “disgrace.”
“I think it’s an absolute shame that they couldn’t even notify me and at least give me the decency to say goodbye to him,” Arrow told Channel 9.
Arrow’s comments come after his attorney Paul McGirr beat up the “ruthless” council before announcing that they would “explore all legal avenues.”
Jai Arrow’s American Staffordshire Terrier, Thor, before he was euthanized by a NSW council after mauling and killing another dog
“They (Central Coast Council) will kill the dog on Friday and send me an email at 4:45pm on Friday saying that they would exercise their powers and that they would kill the dog – but they had already done that,” McGirr told me. to the Daily Telegraph.
“We wanted to appeal the council’s decision to the Supreme Court and during this process we asked them not to do anything.
“We wrote further correspondence to (Central Coast Council) asking to be present, along with Mr Arrow, to explain why Jai was not present near the dog during one of the alleged attacks,” McGirr said.
Jai Arrow (right) protests Cronulla star Nicho Hynes in the Rabbitohs one-point loss on July 30
Arrow has played 124 NRL games for Brisbane, Gold Coast and South Sydney since his 2016 debut for the Broncos
Whether or not Arrow was present in the attack (he was away on State of Origin duties) doesn’t change the fact that an old dog was killed – and outraged people took to social media to condemn the NRL star for playing of the victim.
One dog lover said ‘Arrow should never have let this dog come under someone else’s control after the first time he attacked a dog’ when he commented on Arrow and his lawyer asking for leniency as he was not present .
One wrote that Arrow “should never have a dog again,” while another said it was an “obvious decision” by the council, which simply had no choice under the circumstances.
When the attack happened in late July, Thor, who was being cared for by Arrow’s sister, jumped out of a garden before attacking Ruby, the greyhound.
She could not be rescued after suffering a punctured thorax, dislocated jaw and multiple deep lacerations in the vicious attack.
John Gowans demanded Arrow be held ‘responsible’ – he wondered how much the NRL star thought his dead dog’s life was worth.
American Staffordshire Terrier Thor has been euthanized after killing an 11-year-old greyhound, which owners say ‘watched her like a flash’
“Suddenly this other dog was like a flash on her, I didn’t see it coming, I couldn’t protect her, I couldn’t do anything,” Gowans told Channel Nine in a post-attack interview.
“There was just nothing that could be done for her, if she couldn’t be a normal happy dog I didn’t want her to suffer.
I just want him to be held accountable for this. I mean, he had to pay $10,000 in vet bills in Sydney, what’s a dead dog worth?’
Arrow’s dog had already been labeled ‘dangerous’ by Waverly Council after he mauled another dog belonging to Sydney woman Kate Muir on Bronte Beach in April.
The attack left Muir’s miniature schnauzer, Millie, seriously injured and in need of urgent medical treatment, which cost $10,000.
Kate Muir’s miniature schnauzer Millie was seriously injured (pictured) in the attack. Jai Arrow has offered to pay all vet bills, which amounted to $10,000, according to Muir
Muir claimed she was also injured while trying to keep her dog from being mauled.
“We sincerely apologize to the family and the dog for this incident,” Arrow said at the time.
The NSW Office of Local Government (OLG) states that dogs declared dangerous must wear a muzzle and be kept on a leash at all times, among a host of other requirements.
If owners fail to meet the requirements, they could be fined and/or jailed and, under certain circumstances, the dog could be seized and destroyed.
American Staffordshire Terriers like Thor were involved in more than twice as many seizures as any other breed in the past quarter
Jai Arrow owns a Rottweiler named Koda (right), as well as his since-euthanized American Staffordshire Terrier Tho
According to the OLG, American Staffordshire Terriers like Arrow’s dog were involved in twice as many attacks on the next closest breed.
From April 1 to June 30, 212 American Staffordshire Terriers were involved in attacking people or other animals. The next closest was Bull Terriers (Staffordshire) with 103 reported attacks.
Arrow also owns a Rottweiler, who was responsible for the sixth most attacks in the last quarter, named Koda.
The Central Coast Council has been contacted for comment.
Requirements for Owners of Certified Dangerous Dogs
If you own a dog that has been declared dangerous, make sure that:
- your dog is microchipped and registered for life
- your dog is sexually mature (or permanently spayed)
- you have a valid annual permit for the dog
- your dog is not alone in the care of a person under the age of 18 at any time
- your dog is in an enclosure that meets the requirements of clause 24 of the 2018 Companion Animal Ordinance when he is on the property where he is usually kept. You must also obtain a certificate of conformity from your municipality, which shows that the housing meets the legal requirements
- you clearly post dangerous dog warning signs in the area where your dog is usually kept
- your dog always wears a prescription collar
- your dog wears a muzzle and is always on a tight leash when outside the enclosure where he is usually kept. If your dog has been classified as a dangerous dog because he is kept or used for hunting, he is exempt from the muzzle and leash requirements when outside the enclosure where he is usually kept when he is actually hunting is
- you report to the local council of the area where you want to keep your dog, if this council area differs from the municipal area where your dog was kept when it was declared dangerous.
- you report to the municipality of the area where your dog is usually kept:
- if the location (within the same municipal area) where your dog is usually kept changes as soon as possible after the change of location
- if your dog, provoked or unprovoked, attacks or injures any person or animal other than vermin (must report within 24 hours of the attack or injury). It is an offense, under the Companion Animals Act 1998, to encourage a declared dangerous dog to attack a person or animal
- if your dog cannot be found (must notify within 24 hours of your dog’s absence being noted)
- if your dog dies (must be notified as soon as possible after your dog’s death).
- you are not transferring ownership of your dog. It is also an offense to accept the possession of a dangerous dog
- you do not sell your dog (sale includes giving away) or advertise it for sale