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Terriers facing death row after attack in Barrow street

TWO dogs could be put on death row after a Barrow woman was found guilty of possessing a dangerous dog.

GUILTY Vicky Devlin outside Furness Magistrates’ Court where she was sentenced for two counts of possessing a dog dangerously out of control ASHTON BOWRON REF: 50039950B002

Vicky Devlin, 27, was yesterday found guilty of one count of possessing a dog dangerously out of control after a trial in Furness Magistrates’ Court.

Devlin, of Egerton Court, Barrow, previously pleaded guilty to another count of the charge at an earlier hearing.

Magistrates adjourned the case for a full pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Miss Julie Hansel, prosecuting, told the court how David Kenrick had been walking along Ramsden Dock Road, in Barrow, at around 3.30pm on January 20 this year.

He was walking Holly, a five-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier, when he met Devlin and her two bull terriers, Sunny and Charlie.

When the dogs spotted the pair they began to run towards Mr Kenrick. His dog rolled onto its back to submit before Charlie and Sunny attacked Holly.

Mr Kenrick said: “I could see and hear the ripping of flesh. She had not done anything to be attacked. I had to have a week off to calm myself down, not even to calm my dog down.”

Devlin attempted to call the dogs off but they ignored her. She then ran to get the help of her partner.

Holly was left with “vicious” injuries, including bite wounds and half her ear had been ripped off. Mr Kenrick’s hand was bleeding.

Devlin told the court Mr Kenrick’s dog was off the lead at the time of the attack.

However, magistrates said they believed his evidence and told Devlin her explanation lacked common sense – as Devlin had admitted to police during interview that Mr Kendrick’s dog was on its lead.

Mrs Lynn Slavin, presiding magistrate, said: “We are not happy to deal with this today.

“We’ve had a look at the record and there is a history of failing to comply. We understand there are issues around unpaid work and the dog orders.

“We would like a full pre-sentence report to look at all these issues.”

The case was adjourned until May 15 for sentence. The dogs remain in police care.

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This person has another dog! How on earth did this come about? She should be banned for life from keeping animals. Why are the police and the courts not doing anything! It's disgusting!!

Posted by Sm on 16 May 2014 at 19:32

Yet again another irresponsible owner that has put their dogs at risk. These poor animals do not understand what they have done wrong any more than the other dog understood. If there was the slightest chance these dogs could or would have gone for another, the owner should have kept them on a leash and within her control. It is the owner that should be punished, not the dogs, they should be found a good home with responsible owners that genuinely care about them.

Posted by jean lomas on 29 April 2014 at 23:32

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