Court passes death sentence on Barrow pitbull
Last updated at 16:22, Monday, 02 September 2013
A FIGHTING dog has been handed a death sentence by a district judge.
Jordan Lee Riglar, of Vernon Street, Barrow, pleaded guilty to possessing a fighting dog when the 22-year-old appeared in Furness Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Riglar had left his pitbull terrier, Kugo, in charge of friends on June 9 when it escaped. Despite their efforts it would not respond to calls or attempts to put it on a lead.
District judge, Mr Gerald Chalk, ordered the destruction of Kugo and banned Riglar from keeping a dog for five years.
The court heard Riglar had known he owned a prohibited breed of dog and had failed to inform police.
Miss Karen Templeton, defending, said: “The dog was left in the care of someone believed to be responsible.
“None of this is Mr Riglar’s fault.”
After becoming agitated in court Riglar interrupted proceedings and said: “I was on the run from police for six weeks.”
He was told to be quiet before he interrupted again and said: “It’s my son’s dog.
“Imagine what he will be like when it gets killed over nothing.”
Mr Chalk said: “You were aware by June this dog was a prohibited breed and had done nothing about it.
“You are to be disqualified from keeping a dog.”
After further interruptions Riglar was ordered to leave the court before Mr Chalk handed a death sentence to Kugo.
He said: “The was without a lead and the responsibility of that must lie with the owner.
“I have been told that the dog did not respond to a lead.
“The owner is disqualified from keeping a dog for five years and I make a destruction order in respect of this animal.”
The court heard Riglar plans to appeal against the order to destroy Kugo.
Miss Templeton was told Riglar has 21 days or the dog, which is in police custody, will be destroyed.
First published at 16:03, Friday, 30 August 2013
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Death penalty? On death row? I thought they only apply to human after legal proceedings in court. Dogs are summarily put down by Police if they are seen dangerous.
Death penalties were abolished back in the 60s; and one of the last to hang was James Hanratty who many believed was wrongly hanged. Ruth Ellis of course was the last female to face the death penalty back in 1955. Though I never condone shooting at someone, the provocation she was under would have spared her the rope in today's court.
Pit bulls are NOT fighting dogs!!!
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