Queensland family fight for pet dog Bandit after council declares him dangerous

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A family are fighting to save their dog after he was on death row and left in solitary confinement after biting three people.

Bandit has been locked up by for three years and one month after he was declared a dangerous dog by Scenic Rim Regional Council in Queensland. 

The beloved pet dog was only 18 months old when he bit three people and wounded them on separate occasions.

He was seized by the council under a dangerous dog destruction order and his distressed owner Paul Cutbush, is fighting for him to be released. 

The family claim Bandit has been trapped in a cage, with no access to light or exercise, and isn’t even allowed a blanket or a single toy. 

Bandit (pictured) has been locked up by for three years and one month after he was declared a dangerous dog by Scenic Rim Regional Council in Queensland

Bandit (pictured) has been locked up by for three years and one month after he was declared a dangerous dog by Scenic Rim Regional Council in Queensland

The beloved pet dog (pictured) was only 18-months-old when he allegedly bit three people and wounded them on separate occasions

The beloved pet dog (pictured) was only 18-months-old when he allegedly bit three people and wounded them on separate occasions

Mr Cutbush has already spent $15,000 in legal fees claiming the council is holding Bandit in ‘filthy and unlawful conditions’.

The council refuted the claims and provided the family with a report allegedly proving that Bandit is healthy but has put on some weight because he can’t exercise.

‘Since he was taken from us he has only had ten minutes exercise when we were allowed to visit him,’ Mr Cutbush told Gold Coast Bulletin.

Mr Cutbush claims his wife and daughter have been allowed to visit Bandit twice since he’s been locked up but weren’t allowed to pat him. 

‘He is a young pup who has now spent most of his life alone. I keep requesting whether we can see him but nothing. We are definitely worried.’

Owner Paul Cutbush has already spent $15,000 in legal fees claiming the council is holding Bandit (pictured) in 'filthy and unlawful conditions'

Owner Paul Cutbush has already spent $15,000 in legal fees claiming the council is holding Bandit (pictured) in ‘filthy and unlawful conditions’

Bandit's fate will be decided next month in the Supreme Court after Mr Cutbush filed a $749,000 claim against the council in 2018.

Bandit’s fate will be decided next month in the Supreme Court after Mr Cutbush filed a $749,000 claim against the council in 2018.

Mr Cutbush described the councils behaviour towards Bandit as ‘torture’ and that it ‘can’t be good for him’. 

‘We can’t even give him any toys or blankets. If this is the end of his life, he is miserable.

He claims that Bandit has been ’employeed’ by the council after allegedly being confined for so long. 

Bandit’s fate will be decided next month by the Supreme Court after Mr Cutbush filed a $749,000 claim against the council in 2018.

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