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Barrow dogs saved from death

TWO fighting dogs have been spared from being destroyed – after a judge heard they were safe enough to share a Barrow home with three young children.

For Rachelle Irwin and her children, their pets Coco and Diamond are loving members of the family.

However, when the dogs were spotted by police in Barrow in August they were taken away by police and put in the pound under the Dangerous Dogs Act.

Yesterday she appeared in Furness Magistrates’ Court to plead guilty to two charges of keeping fighting dogs after Coco and Diamond were revealed to belong to the banned American pit bull breed.

Although Irwin was hit with financial penalties for owning the dogs, District Judge Gerald Chalk decided not to order them to be destroyed after receiving a favourable report on their characters.

Ms Maureen Fawcett, defending, told the court since the dogs had been impounded an expert had spent time with them and found they showed no signs of aggression.

She added Miss Irwin was taking her “responsibilities seriously” and had put a gate up in her kitchen to keep the dogs separated from her children Reuben, six, Isabel, three, and baby Danika.

The dogs had also been microchipped and Miss Irwin planned to get them neutered.

Judge Chalk fined her £90 for keeping each dog, ordered her to pay £85 costs and a victim surcharge of £15.

In light of the report he said he would make a contingent destruction order for the dogs, which meant they would only be
destroyed if they “misbehaved” in the future.

Outside court, Irwin said she was looking forward to the dogs returning from the pound.

The dogs had been given to her by the grandparents of her children when they emigrated to America.

Her children had been happy when the dogs came to live with them to replace another dog that was run over last year.

“They would never hurt anybody,” said Irwin, of Marsh Street, Barrow.

“They just seized them because of the way they look. I don’t think they will be any trouble.

“The kids love them and will be excited to know they are coming back. It is a nice Christmas present.”

Have your say

Fighting dogs? I think you will find that these dogs havent been used in fighting and I doubt they ever will be. More sensationalism.

Posted by Liz on 7 December 2012 at 04:10

We'll revisit this story next week once the dogs maul one of the kids or worse..

Posted by scott on 7 December 2012 at 01:07

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