Yep, totally agree the owner must cop it on the chin ... but like MMJ said it's about the dogs been declared 'dangerous'.
So from what i got told this arvo, they have dodged a bullet of sorts and a lot of it has to do with their local ranger been a bloody top bloke. I've dealt with this guy before and he's more than fair.
Anyway dogs got registered today and can be picked up tomorrow. Look like they will (finger and paws crossed) be declared 'menacing' ... meaning a much smaller fine and less restrictions. As for the cat, well it was attacked on its property but out the front in the unfenced part. $600 vet bill but still not sure what the cat owners want to do about that as they have to go through a bit of a hoo hah to get the ball rolling for claiming damages. Apparently most people think it's all to hard and dont bother.
So all in all , well the way i see it anyway, is everyone got off lightly (except the poor putty tatt). Dogs aren't declared dangerous (touchwood) and they didn't get hit by a car or attacked themselves..... the owners got fined a lot less than first thought.... and the cat owners luckily didn't loose their poor cat.
A lesson learnt the hard way though.