Four injured by dog dangerously out of control
A WOMAN is facing sentence, after pleading guilty to being in charge of a dog that was dangerously out of control at a Carmarthenshire park, injuring four people.
Angela Julie Hamer appeared at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court on Thursday.
She had entered a guilty plea to the charge at an earlier hearing at the start of October.
The court heard that Hamer, of Tanycoed, Burry Port, was not in control of her Staffordshire bull terrier/American bulldog cross on Sunday, July 22.
The incident happened at Burry Port’s Memorial Park and four victims are stated within the charge as having been injured while the dog was out of control.
Prosecutor Sian Vaughan said: “What seems to have happened is that the dog had attacked a smaller dog causing quite a nasty injury.
“It had then bitten a male on the hand and bitten the side of a woman’s face.”
At this point in the hearing defence solicitor Richard Morgan interjected and said that the injury was not a bite to a woman’s face but did not elaborate further, stating his client was “anxious for the outcome of the report into the dog’s temperament”.
Mrs Vaughan went on to say: “The dog then turned its attention to a group of children.”
However, she gave no further detail as to what then occurred.
The previous hearing on October 4, when Hamer, 45, had pleaded guilty was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be carried out by the probation service.
However the report was not ready by Thursday’s hearing meaning Hamer will now be sentenced on November 8 at Llanelli Magistrates’ Court.
District Judge Christopher James said: “This report is required for sentence because we need to know if there were signs that the dog was dangerous.
“That needs to be reflected in the sentence.”
Prosecutor Sian Vaughan said a vet who was at the scene had confirmed that the dog wasn’t one of the dangerous dog breeds.
Hamer was granted unconditional bail until the sentencing hearing.