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Court issues destruction order on ‘out of control’ dog

[A]fter a three-hour trial, Magistrates in Carlisle have made a destruction order against a 10-year-old Doberman cross dog named Pharaoh.

Grant Irving, 37, of Borland Avenue, Botcherby, pleaded not-guilty as the owner of a dog that was dangerously out of control in a public place, Borland Avenue.

The court heard how in the early hours of July 3rd, the dog attacked a neighbour who was going towards her car.

The victim, Gillian McCulloch told the court she heard a dog “growling” looked round to see the dog which she recognised, as she turned her back, the dog bit her leg which was left bleeding and needed hospital treatment, she still has a scar on her leg the court was told.

The owner told the court he was walking the dog at the time the incident took place, he said the dog is normally muzzled and on a lead, and it must have been some other dog.

However magistrates told Irving that the victims evidence was “credible,” she did not deviate from her statement to police, but found his evidence “incomplete” he was found guilty of being in charge of a dog dangerously out of control.

A destruction order was made for the dog.

Irving was given a Community Order for six-months with one requirement to be tagged for a house curfew between 7pm and 7am. He has to pay court costs of £300 and a victims surcharge of £85, he has to pay the victim compensation of £300.

The defence lawyer Chris Toms informed the magistrates that he has already submitted an appeal notice against the destruction order, the destruction order will be put on hold until the next hearing.

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