Dog spared destruction after biting delivery man

Basingstoke Gazette: Dog spared destruction after biting delivery man Dog spared destruction after biting delivery man

A PENSIONER has been fined but her Cocker Spaniel has been spared from being destroyed after it bit a delivery man on the leg.

Gladys Greaves, 74, pleaded guilty to allowing her five-year-old dog Danny to be dangerously out of control when Paul Vasey called at her home to deliver a vacuum cleaner.

The dog leapt up and sunk its teeth into Mr Vasey’s left calf, and at one point was hanging off his leg by its jaws, Basingstoke Magistrates’ Court heard.

Serena Edwards, prosecuting, said the offence took place in Carmichael Way, Brighton Hill, at around 1pm on January 2, when the pensioner was waiting for a delivery.

She said: “The defendant opened the front door to take delivery of the parcel. As that happened, the defendant’s dog ran from inside of the address, past Mrs Greaves and then bit on to the leg of Mr Vasey.

“Mr Vasey described the dog as clamping on and hanging off his leg. The dog was then pulled off Mr Vasey and ran down the road and Mrs Greaves went to retrieve him.”

The bite caused Mr Vasey’s leg to bleed and caused “severe bruising”. The court also heard that Greaves’ neighbour came out and said the dog had bitten other people before.

Miss Edwards said the dog had been subject to a behavioural contract with the police since November 8, 2012.

The contract had conditions that Greaves had to abide by, including keeping Danny muzzled in a public place.

Miss Edwards, who was prosecuting Greaves under the Dangerous Dogs Act, applied to have Danny destroyed.

But Phil McCann, defending, urged the magistrates to make a contingency destruction order, effectively giving Greaves and Danny a final chance. He said she had put a gate in her flat to stop her dog running out.

Presiding magistrate Michael Ball ordered Greaves to pay £450 compensation with £50 costs.

He made a contingency destruction order, with an added condition that Greaves must keep Danny under control when opening the front door.

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2:23pm Mon 24 Mar 14

Kimberley50 says...

This makes me so angry,if the dog had been a bull terrier or larger dog everyone would have been baying for its blood. But this known dangerous dog is given chances? Lucky the delivery man dindt have a child with them!
This makes me so angry,if the dog had been a bull terrier or larger dog everyone would have been baying for its blood. But this known dangerous dog is given chances? Lucky the delivery man dindt have a child with them! Kimberley50
  • Score: 12

9:18am Tue 25 Mar 14

laurence86 says...

It sounds like this dog should be put down. Yes some dogs have potential to do more damage due to them having stronger bites, but this dog seems to be far to snap happy and out of control.
It sounds like this dog should be put down. Yes some dogs have potential to do more damage due to them having stronger bites, but this dog seems to be far to snap happy and out of control. laurence86
  • Score: 6

12:09pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Paul V says...

I'm sure she's a lovely lady etc, but when does the line get drawn? it says in the story, the dog has a "behavioural contract" with the police, and a neighbour has witnessed it before. So how is fining her, going to stop the dog being aggressive?
Next time, when it bites and maims a baby or a toddler, there will be outcry that it was allowed.
I'm sure she's a lovely lady etc, but when does the line get drawn? it says in the story, the dog has a "behavioural contract" with the police, and a neighbour has witnessed it before. So how is fining her, going to stop the dog being aggressive? Next time, when it bites and maims a baby or a toddler, there will be outcry that it was allowed. Paul V
  • Score: 9

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