Montgomery (Monty) is a Boxer X Mastiff, he was born completely deaf and given up by his breeder, he was passed to an undeserving family and ended up in the foster care system at about 18 months, he had been in a loving foster home with children when I rescued him in January 2018. He was immediately excited to see me and super loving, cuddly and friendly, I fell in love straight away.
Monty began coming everywhere with me, I was living in Miami, Queensland at the time and he was well known in the area to come with me to local cafe's and bars where he was well loved by everyone. He would come to the gym with me and sit by the doorway getting love from those running past, people would be throwing weights around and he never minded. He would go to the off leash dog park and play with other dogs of all shapes and sizes.
I work away a fair bit and have multiple people care for him while I'm gone, all reporting loving behaviour - they end up wanting to take him home.
I recently decided to move back to my hometown of Western Australia and drove my car back across with my brother, of whom Monty had never met. They immediately got on and cuddled the whole 5000km drive back.
On Wednesday 5 September I was moving into my new house in East Fremantle, Monty was a bit confused what was going on as he wasn't getting much attention from me while I was moving and unpacking. At about 5.30pm I went out for a quick dinner in town, returning at 6.30pm to find him standing out the front of the house. I was very confused to see that he had escaped the high fenced yard but was glad to see that he hadn't wandered anywhere. I brought him inside and didn't notice anything different except a small amount of scratches on his leg, he was his usual loving self.
The next morning the Ranger arrived to my house, I answered the door and he had photos of Monty standing in the driveway, I immediately assumed I was getting in trouble for not registering him so I quickly explained I had only moved in the day prior. He stopped me in my tracks to explain what Monty had done when he escaped.
Monty had ran down to the main road where there were he was clearly scared in the dark and he had bitten 2 people passing by. I was so shocked to hear about this behaviour and even more shocked to have him immediately taken away from me, muzzled and put on a pole, thrown into the dog refuge.
I was manipulated into thinking that I had to hand him over immediately, with the Ranger telling me that it was a $10,000 fine if I did not. I was told that there would be a formal investigation and he would be held at Shenton Park Dog Refuge until then.
Monty's two possible outcomes are that.
1 ). He is declared a dangerous dog and has to live his life under the dangerous dog act including caging, muzzling and surveillance.
2 ). He will have a destruction order put on him.
I am obviously fighting for the former however the Rangers have informed me that they are holding the destruction order on him.
Myself and anyone besides those people making the decision are absolutely mortified that they're willing to do this given the circumstances.
Monty is still being detained and can't come home until the investigation is complete, which could take months. I have to pay a daily impounding fee as well as court fees and any legal costs that arise, as well as fines issued from the attack.
I am determined to fight for Monty, but the journey is going to be long and very expensive. I would appreciate any little bit you can give to help us fight for his life, after just relocating interstate which was already an expensive exercise I'm left in financial difficulty to fight for him. I have no idea how much this is going to cost but I know that I couldn't live with myself if I didn't make every effort possible to save him.
I am extremely disappointed that the city council seems to want to take the quick and easy way out by putting a perfectly healthy and loving dog to sleep, without even assessing him themselves. He is being loved by all of the team at the Dog Refuge Home and anybody who has met him there agrees that his behaviour was out of character and is not likely to happen again.
I was going through a lot at the start of this year, extremely unhappy and my life was turned around when Monty came into my family, I was myself again. I'm now absolutely shattered, alone, in a new place.
Please help me get my baby back.
If you are not in a position to donate I completely understand, if you have met my beautiful boy please leave a statement below stating the encounter and what he is usually like.
Love you all as much as Monty does x
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