Boris the giant schnauzer has been put down.
The 6-year-old was sentenced to death last week in the Thames
District Court after attacking a woman at a Whitianga
bed-and-breakfast last October.
Jennifer Layton, who pleaded guilty to owning a dog that
attacked a person, had been considering going to the High
Court in a bid to save him.
But after another person laid a complaint about an incident
involving Boris late last year, she gave up any further legal
action and said goodbye to her beloved dog, which was
destroyed on Wednesday morning.
"They [the Thames Coromandel District Council] were entitled
to come and take him away with a police escort at any time of
the day," Mrs Layton said. "I was beside myself. It was just
Her lawyer, Scott Leith, said she would also not go ahead
with an appeal against being disqualified from owning a dog
for five years.
Mr Leith said Mrs Layton and her husband, Brian, were
"exhausted emotionally and financially" and "simply cannot go
"When two pensioners are up against the resources of the
Thames Coromandel District Council, it simply isn't a fair
fight," he said.
Mrs Layton said she felt "dead", having spent $3800 on
training for Boris with animal trainer Mark Vette to rectify
his issues and change his living space.
- James Ihaka of the New Zealand Herald