Woman is banned from owning dogs
A judge ordered that a dog must be destroyed after it bit people on two separate occasions.
Sandra Ogilvy (35), 25 Wolfe Tone Square West, Bray, appeared in Bray District Court last Thursday charged with permitting the dog to escape twice and to be in public with no muzzle. She has been banned from owning dogs for five years.
The incidents occurred on May 24, 2015 and February 26, 2016.
Garda Paul Ryan told the court that he got a call to go to a house in Wolfe Tone on May 24, 2015. He met the injured party at her home. Garda Ryan said that he spoke to the special needs female in the company of her mother. She had been bitten on the calf by a black and white Staffordshire bull terrier. He handed pictures he took of the injury in to the court.
‘A neighbour came over and told me the owner was Sandra Ogilvy. I spoke to her and she enquired as to the condition of the injured party and her injury. She said that she couldn’t find the dog licence.’
The court heard that the victim had to get a tetanus injection and antibiotics.
Solicitor Joe Maguire asked if the defendant constructed a cage in the back garden after the first incident. ‘That’s correct,’ said Garda Ryan.
Mr Maguire asked if he has seen the dog since. ‘I haven’t, but I haven’t been up there,’ he said.
Garda Ryan said that he got a call to another house in Wolfe Tone on February 26, 2016. The same dog had bitten a man on the right shin.
He went to the home of Sandra Ogilvy. ‘She was upset,’ said Garda Ryan.
He said that she told the garda that she gave the dog to someone in Wexford. ‘But in fact the dog was still on the premises two days later,’ he said.
The garda said that the man paid €140 for medical treatment. He said that the woman in the first incident had a medical card.
‘I am 100 per cent sure it was the same dog,’ said Garda Ryan.
Ogilvy accepted that the incident was her fault. She said that the dog is down the country with a friend of her cousin. However she said she does not know the address.
She said that there is a similar-looking dog at her house, the daughter of the one which bit two people,
She produced pictures of both for the judge to compare the animals. The court heard that Ogilvy has seven previous convictions, including those for speeding and having no tax, and most recently placing drugs in a place of detention in Portlaoise.
Mr Maguire said that Ogilvy is a lone parent with two children aged 17 and 12. She had the dog for over four years. ‘She thought by constructing the compound she was making it safe. Unfortunately the dog escaped through the house.’
Judge David Kennedy handed down a fine of €200 for the first incident and €400 for the second and banned Ogilvy from owning dogs for five years.
He imposed a destruction order on the dog. ‘I’m not satisfied with her evidence regarding getting rid of the dog,’ he said. ‘Garda Ryan gave clear evidence. I’m not satisfied that she doesn’t know where the dog is. Although to her credit she does admit responsibility that the dog escaped.’
Judge Kennedy said that she was evasive in her evidence and wouldn’t say where the dog was.