Despite my best efforts to contain my dog, he has been able to get out on a couple of occasions ie that time during the high winds and once or twice when he slipped past the kids as they were coming in the gate, once also during severe storms (he HATES thunder).
Does not make me a irresponsible dog owner and deserving of a $230 fine.
Why not? If the winds were so high a reasonably sturdy gate couldn't stay shut, what were they doing outside unsupervised? Why were they out in a storm, especially if they hate storms? I don't get it.
I'm not saying it's like proof you're an awful person or any such thing, but if your fences are kinda crappy or your kids let the dog out, that is your responsibility. Unless a burglar or something is involved, avoiding the fine is lucky, getting the fine sucks but isn't undeserved?
Honestly, in my case where I picked up a dog locally (running across a four lane highway and major intersection) I DID take it to a Vet, but the Vet called the council. I tried. But I don't think I'm the bad guy even if they get fined? I just hope they bailed their dog out.