Courier Mail ; AAP; Sept 18 2010
A MAN has gone on the run in South Australia after snatching his pet dog from death row when it was condemned to be put down for mauling sheep.
Ronnie Gilbertson has put his freedom and financial security on the line to protect the life of his dog, a Staffordshire terrier cross named Max, media reports said on Friday.
The 41-year-old has abandoned his partner and two young children and gone into hiding since breaking Max out of an animal shelter’s ‘death row’ last week.
Max was to be destroyed by Grant District Council, in the state’s south-east, for attacks on sheep and other dogs.
Mr Gilbertson had tried to have the SA District Court overturn the council’s decision, but failed.
The council has since launched court proceedings seeking to have Mr Gilbertson pay the costs associated with defending the failed appeal. He could face a bill of more than $20,000.