A woman’s pledge to save her dog has been attracting passersby at Matiatia wharf over the past week. Cristina Llanos-Garcia has been on a hunger strike since Friday 25 January to draw attention to a pending court decision which may see her dog, Gaita put down. 

Baden Meyer, a barrister at High Street Law represented Ms Llanos-Garcia at a hearing in the District Court this month. 

“It didn’t go the way Cristina wanted it to go, and she’s very upset. She was convicted of being the owner of a dog which attacked another dog.” 

The proceedings have been allocated a date in April at which time the court will decide whether or not Gaita will be put down. • Sophie Boladeras

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