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Monday, 24 November 2014

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Pit bull will be destroyed after attack on pet collie in Barrow

AN ILLEGAL fighting dog has been condemned to death after attacking a defenceless family pet and causing a mother to fear for the safety of her five-day-old daughter.

Pet owner Kieron Daly, 24, of Egerton Court, Barrow appeared at Furness Magistrates’ Court charged with owning two illegal pit bull terriers named Kaydee and Kilo.

The court heard that one of the dogs, Kaydee, had been placed in the temporary care of Sean Mills, 38, of Low White Close, Barrow when it attacked a collie dog on December 28.

Kaydee had been off its lead in a public area when the attack occurred and the owner of the other dog had been pushing her young daughter in a pram at the time. Mills appeared in court last week and was given an eight-week curfew and ordered to pay £150 in compensation and £85 in costs.

Mrs Lisa Hine, prosecuting, said Kaydee and Kilo were subject to a contingent destruction order in 2011.

Owners whose dogs are given such an order have two months to comply with certain conditions in order to be issued with an exemption certificate from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

All dangerous dogs must be neutered, tattooed, insured and kept on a lead and muzzled when in public.

Mrs Hine told the court that police officers had learned that the insurance policies on both Kaydee and Kilo had expired, rendering the exemption certificate void and leaving Daly vulnerable to prosecution.

She added that Daly had moved away from the address where the dogs had been formerly registered without informing Defra.

Mrs Hine said: “The whole purpose of getting this exemption certificate is that these dogs get insured because at the end of the day, whichever way you look at it, these are illegal fighting dogs.”

Mr Mike Graham, defending, conceded that the attack on the collie dog had showed Kaydee to be a violent animal but argued that the failure to insure the dogs had been an “administrative error” that should not reflect on Kilo.

Mrs Sharron Gillam, the presiding magistrate, ordered the destruction of Kaydee and imposed a second contingent destruction order on Kilo.

Daly was ordered to pay a £100 fine and a £20 victim surcharge.

Have your say

Once again the owners fault.He was given the chance to keep these dogs under certain conditions and restrictions.Could he be BOTHERED....NO.

Posted by Anita Green on 14 August 2014 at 12:29

You can't even get the name correct at the end,"Davey was ordered to pay a £100 fine" It's Daly. Consistent poor journalism from the evening mail.

Posted by Poster on 13 August 2014 at 14:39

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