A canine has narrowly averted being destroyed after biting a five-year-old baby on the underside.
William Crawford, 38, of Cumberland Highway, Whitehaven, pleaded responsible on September 10 to proudly owning a canine that was dangerously uncontrolled.
He was sentenced at Workington Magistrates’ Court docket yesterday.
The courtroom heard that on Could 18 final yr, a five-year-old boy had been driving his bike alongside Cumberland Highway along with his mum who was strolling their canine.
At about 5.45pm the boy cycled previous Crawford’s property. The whippet border collie cross had jumped out of the hedge, biting him on his backside and pulling him to the bottom.
The canine had then attacked the opposite canine after which went again into the home, the courtroom was informed.
A press release learn out on behalf of the boy’s mom mentioned he was screaming and he or she observed he was bleeding.
She mentioned there have been no adults current and the canine was “vicious”. The kid was “hysterical”, his mom had mentioned.
A witness assertion learn out to the courtroom from Crawford’s nextdoor neighbour mentioned that they had heard a canine growling after which a toddler screaming.
They’d then seen the boy, who was crying, and his mom, strolling up the street, the courtroom was informed.
The neighbour had informed police that the canine was “very aggressive” and had “gone for” different individuals and their canine, up to now.
They mentioned that that they had made Crawford conscious of this, however he had “brushed it off”.
Pamela Payment, prosecuting, mentioned: “It is fairly disagreeable for a younger boy to should undergo.”
She mentioned Crawford had not been at dwelling when the incident passed off.
Crawford, who didn’t have authorized illustration, mentioned that he had been wanting into canine coaching.
He informed the courtroom: “I used to be solely made conscious of 1 incident of the canine being aggressive however she by no means bit anybody. She was barking.”
Crawford mentioned he was going to erect a fence however then had misplaced his father to Covid and had then caught the virus himself and had been “actually ailing”.
He mentioned the fence had now been put up and he had stopped his kids from strolling the canine.
Crawford was given a 12-month neighborhood order and should full 100 hours of unpaid work.
Magistrates determined to not order destruction of the canine. As an alternative a conditional destruction order was imposed.
The canine have to be muzzled when exterior or in public and have to be saved on a lead always in public.
Crawford should additionally guarantee that the canine is safe within the backyard.
He should pay £100 compensation to the sufferer, £ courtroom prices and a £ surcharge to fund sufferer providers.