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Staffy on death row after attack, now up for adoption

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A DOG saved from death row in South Australia after a $600,000 legal battle is now up for adoption in Queensland.

The Staffordshire bull terrier called Izzy was seized in June 2013 after it escaped from then owner Tania Isbester's Melbourne backyard and bit a woman.

According to The Age, the woman received a 1.5cm finger laceration.

After Knox City Council ordered the dog to be put down, Ms Isbester launched legal action.

The dogfight created legal history when it went to Australia's highest court after Ms Isbester was ruled against by the Court of Appeal.

After two-years and $600,000, a ruling was made in favour of Ms Isbester and Izzy was released to the RSPCA in South Australia for assessment.

Izzy, renamed as Indie, is now with a foster carer in South East Queensland and the RSPCA is looking for a new permanent home for her.

"My name is Indie and I am a sweet and calm girl," the ad for Indie on the RSPCA Adopt A Pet website reads.

"I enjoy my own company and will benefit from having access to inside and outside.

"I am looking for a special someone who has the time and effort to put into me as I may take a little while to settle in and can be a bit of a fussy eater.

"Once I know you are forever I will be a very affectionate and loving girl.

"I am looking to be your one and only with no other dogs or smaller animals as we don't see eye to eye.

"I am best to be around older kids only as I can find the littlies overwhelming."

RSPCA Queensland spokesman Michael Beatty told the Brisbane Times renaming the dog and not mentioning her past in the ad is not an attempt to hide her history, it's to give her a second chance.

"It is just to give her a fresh start.

"And any person who is interested in adopting her would, firstly, be ...vetted to see if [Izzy] is going to a suitable home, [and] her full history will be disclosed to them," Mr Beatty said.

He also said despite her chequered past, Indie is good-natured.

"Since she has been in foster care, she hasn't had any problems with other dogs.

"She really enjoys being outside, which I guess she would after being two years in a shelter situation.

"...the only thing that she is keen on is that she has got a little spot under the tree that she seems to like to sit under."

Topics:  adoption court dog legal action rspca


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