THE cost of having an unregistered dog has grown to more than $1100 for Matthew Andrew Daniel after he illegally retrieved it from the Albury pound.
Albury magistrate Tony Murray yesterday heard how Daniel and his partner were belligerent at the pound in Mudge Street, Lavington, about 4.15pm on May 28.
Their dog had been impounded that day and they demanded it back.
The assistant manager explained that it was unregistered, but Daniel’s partner said: “That’s going to cost. I’m not paying anything. I’m going to take my dog”.
The manager told the pair police would be called if that happened.
Daniel barged past the manager through doors leading to the back of the office.
He came back and said: “I want my dog. I’m not leaving until I get it,” he said.”
Daniel went to a side gate with a “private” sign on it and opened it and entered.
He was told that if he went through the main gates, police would be called.
But he continued undaunted and the manager went to the office for keys to padlock the pound yards.
Daniel’s partner was told to wait outside the office and it was locked.
A friend of the manager locked the yard gate and went to lock double gates near the office.
Daniel, 19, now of Beardmore Street, Wod- onga, picked up his dog from a yard and tried to leave, but found the gate he had entered was locked.
He then kicked open the double gates, rushed to a car and was driven off.
Closed circuit footage enabled police to identify Daniel and on July 1 gave him court attendance notices for taking the dog and entering inclosed land without permission.
The matter had been adjourned until yesterday in Albury Local Court for Daniel to attend.
He failed to appear, was fined $950 and $83 court costs on each charge.