Ravenswood dog owner cops fine after pet mauls chickens

Guilty: A Ravenswood dog owner has been fined after her pet killed five chickens.
Guilty: A Ravenswood dog owner has been fined after her pet killed five chickens.

A Ravenswood dog owner whose Siberian husky killed five chickens was convicted in her absence in Mandurah Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

Rhiannon Jade Woodhams was charged with dog in place without consent, permitting a dog to be in public without being held by a leash, and being liable for a dog attack on a person or animal in relation to an incident on November 2 near her home.

The court heard Woodhams’ dog entered a resident’s yard about 7.50pm and attacked the owner’s chickens, leaving five dead.

The owner of the chickens contacted the Shire of Murray, who sent an officer to investigate.

The Shire of Murray prosecutor said Woodhams refused to cooperate with the council officer.

The maximum fine for a charge involving a dog attack is $10,000.

Woodhams was fined $2000 and ordered to pay court costs of $188.