The owner of a dangerous dog that mauled a woman at Byron Bay’s Roadhouse café could face up to five years in prison and a $77,000 fine after pleading guilty to charges in Byron Bay local court on Thursday.
Adam Coates was charged with ‘owner of menacing dog not comply’ after his mastiff dog bit a 30-year-old woman at the café in July.
The victim had to undergo reconstructive surgery in Gold Coast University Hospital after the dog bit her on the nose.
Byron Shire Council’s legal services coordinator, Ralph James, told Echonetdaily at the time that ‘the dog had previously been declared menacing and as a result of the owner’s failure to comply with one or more of the menacing dog control requirements, which facilitated the attack, legal proceedings have commenced.’
He said the dog should have been muzzled and on a lead.
The animal was euthenised following the attack.
Mr Coates will be sentenced on September 4.