A PORTLAND dog scheduled to be put down on Monday has won a reprieve.
The dog's former owner Leah Rodgers said yesterday Ozzy had not been put down.
"He's still alive," she said.
"At this stage nothing happened. What I have been told is that there is a report being prepared that will go to the council and the council will make a decision about whether Ozzy is to be put down. It's all expected to take about a week to decide."
Ms Rodgers said that after a story appeared in Monday's edition of The Standard, the prospect of Ozzy being put down was a hot topic in Portland and on Facebook.
Ms Rodgers said her unregistered dog had got out a couple of times, the last time mid-last week but he had never got into trouble.
She then surrendered the dog to the Portland pound, the dog was then deemed to be a pit pull terrier and was to be put down on Monday.
"There's been a lot of comments both for and against him being put down. He's never been in trouble or cause any trouble," she said.
"I hope he won't be put down, but honestly, I think the chances of him being able to survive are very slim."
Ms Rodgers claimed Ozzy was a Staffordshire terrier or American Staffordshire terrier but not a bull terrier.
The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA)-backed concerns about Victorian laws which have seen two dogs destroyed on their appearance.
AVA Victorian president Susan Maastricht said two dogs were impounded because they looked like pit bull crosses as prescribed by the government guidelines.
Glenelg Shire media and communications officer Claire Francis said the council was working with the dog's previous owner to determine the dog's breed.