Man con­victed after fam­ily pet chased after blind cy­clist

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A dog owner has been con­victed and fined ¤200 after the fam­ily pet labrador ran out in front of a sight-im­paired cy­clist.

An­thony Bren­nan (57) of Drim­ina, Tub­ber­curry, pleaded guilty last week at Tub­ber­curry District Court to not hav­ing his dog un­der con­trol at that address on 25 th April 2017.

Cy­clist John Goldrick told Judge Kevin Kil­rane that on this par­tic­u­lar date the dog came out of the de­fen­dant’s house “quite ag­gres­sively”.

“I wasn’t go­ing quick so I just stopped the bike. He re­treated, I heard some­one call him. I moved on and he came again,” said Mr Goldrick.

Judge Kil­rane asked the wit­ness if he had ever spo­ken to the de­fen­dant about his dog.

Mr Goldrick said he spoke to Bren­nan the day he broke his col­lar bone on the first oc­ca­sion he fell off his bike due to the dog.

“The sec­ond time, I just went to the Gar­daí,” he told the court. “This black dog reg­u­larly chased me,” he added.

De­fence so­lic­i­tor Ms Laura Spell­man told Judge Kil­rane that her client no long had any dogs and had got­ten rid of both his dogs.

She said she viewed the footage recorded by Mr Goldrick on a head cam­era and said it seemed to her the dog “ran along­side him and re­treated.”

Ms Spell­man ar­gued the dog ran “less than 100 yards”, not a “sig­nif­i­cant dis­tance.”

“This was a ma­ture dog, a fam­ily dog who slept with An­thony Bren­nan’s son ev­ery night,” she said, ask­ing the Judge not to con­vict.

Judge Kil­rane said it be­hoved house­holds to keep their dogs un­der con­trol and while the dog may be a gen­tle gi­ant he still ran out in front of a cy­clist and an elec­tric fence “clearly wasn’t work­ing.” He said Bren­nan had not been forth­com­ing with the Gar­daí.

Ac­cord­ingly he con­victed and fined the de­fen­dant ¤200.

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