Waimate man fined after dog attack

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The owner of two dogs which killed 38 sheep at Waimate appeared in the Timaru District Court on Wednesday.

Justin Gage, 34, a gib-stopper of Waimate, appeared in court on two fine only charges, after pleading guilty.

He was charged following a gruesome attack by his two pitbulls which killed 38 lambs and one ewe in an incident on April 12, while two lambs were later put down.

As it was his first appearance and a fine only matter, the man appeared before a justice of the peace.

The Waimate District Council and the Waimate Police worked together to make sure the man was charged for his dogs actions.

Waimate Police Senior Sergeant Mike van der Heyden said the man accepted responsibility.

“The man was co-operative and took full responsibility for the actions of his dogs,” he said.

The man was convicted and sentenced. He was fined $400 and ordered to pay reparation of $3810.