Woman is banned from own­ing dogs

Bray People - - NEWS -

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.

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