Dog owner to pay £1,000 over at­tack

Southport Visiter - - Front Page - BY JAMIE LOPEZ [email protected]­plc.com @jamie_lopez1

ASOUTHPORT man has been or­dered to pay £1,000 com­pen­sa­tion af­ter his dog mauled a neigh­bour’s arm.

Mau­reen Lip­man re­quired surgery for mul­ti­ple punc­tures in her fore­arm af­ter be­ing bit­ten by Terry Dick­in­son’s Stafford­shire bull ter­rier, Au­gust, de­spite it be­ing held on a lead.

Dick­in­son, 54, of Part Street, was or­dered to pay £1,000 com­pen­sa­tion to the vic­tim af­ter pleaded guilty to be­ing in charge of a dog which was dan­ger­ously out on con­trol and caused in­jury.

Pros­e­cut­ing, Daryl Pol­lard told South Sefton Mag­is­trates’ Court that Ms Lip­man was a neigh­bour of Dick­in­son and had been stroking the smaller of his two dogs when the larger one at­tacked her.

She added that Ms Lip­man at­tended South­port Hospi­tal be­fore be­ing trans­ferred to Whis­ton Hospi­tal for surgery and is likely to have scar­ring for quite a long time.

De­fend­ing, Natalie Byrne said that Dick­in­son and his wife had been re­spon­si­ble dog own­ers for more than 25 years.

She said that while the dog was bit­ing the vic­tim, Dick­in­son did ev­ery­thing he could to stop it, in­clud­ing call­ing for a stranger to take the lead of his smaller dog while he tried to pull the larger one away.

She added that he dis­puted that the dog was out of con­trol but pleaded guilty due to the tight­ness of the laws.

He had vis­ited Ms Lip­man in hospi­tal to check her wel­fare and tried to take a get well soon card and present to her house but re­la­tions had soured by that point and the gift was not wel­comed.

She said: “Nei­ther dog is a banned breed and it has never felt ap­pro­pri­ate for ei­ther to have muz­zle be­cause there had been no signs of ag­gres­sion. Both Mr Dick­in­son and his wife are en­tirely re­morse­ful and now hire space on a pri­vate field to avoid walk­ing the dogs in pub­lic.”

Chair of mag­is­trates Diane Shep­herd ac­knowl­edged that this was the only prob­lem in­volv­ing the an­i­mal and the ef­fort made by Dick­in­son to pre­vent the at­tack.

As well as com­pen­sa­tion, she is­sued a con­tin­gency de­struc­tion or­der, mean­ing the dog must al­ways wear a muz­zle and be kept in con­trol on a lead when in pub­lic places. Fail­ure to fol­low the or­der would re­sult in the dog be­ing put down.

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