NEXT STEP: How The Chronicle reported the seizure of Te-Arna Gesler’s dog Crowley.
NEXT STEP: How The Chronicle reported the seizure of Te-Arna Gesler’s dog Crowley.

Family joins with welfare group to save pet dog

TOOWOOMBA woman Te-Arna Gesler has engaged a national animal welfare group in her ongoing fight to have her dog returned from council.

Ms Gesler's dog Crowley, a 15-month-old amstaff cross, was seized by the Toowoomba Regional Council 10 weeks ago.

She said the council wrongly seized her dog when a friend of her former partner contacted council and reported Crowley as a pit bull, a breed which is widely restricted in Queensland.

Ms Gesler appealed the decision and was told by council she must prove Crowley's breed which she did through a DNA test and letter from a local vet.

That letter was handed to council this week.

"We're still waiting to hear," Ms Gesler said.

"The letter from the vet said how the DNA test was done and what had come back and that Crowley was a Spanish schnauzer, bull terrier and amstaff mix."

While waiting for council's review and final decision, Ms Gesler said she had contacted the Barristers Animal Welfare Panel, a national animal rights body.

It counts among its members more than 100 barristers registered in all states including Queensland.

Ms Gesler said it was the next step in her fight to have Crowley returned.

"I'm going to keep fighting until I get him back," she said.


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