Four in­jured by dog dan­ger­ously out of con­trol

Llanelli Star - - Letters - Ian Lewis @IanLewis80 ian.lewis@me­di­ 07790 591150

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.

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