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Dangerous dogs out of control

Loose Dogs Driffield

Loose Dogs Driffield

Three large dogs were out of control and acting dangerously in a Driffield street causing frightened passers-by to seek refuge in a garden, a court heard.

The Bull-Mastiff-type dogs escaped from a property in Northfield Road on December 3 last year.

One of them ran into a different garden and attacked another dog causing it minor injuries.

East Riding Magistrates heard that police were called, but that someone else managed to round up the dogs.

The dogs’ owner, Paula Edginton, 41, was subsequently arrested and charged with failing to comply with a control of dog order.

The court heard how two of the dogs, named Maz and Blue, were already the subject of a control order after they had escaped and attacked an elderly man in the street.

Prosecuting, Andrew Stirling said the order meant they had to be kept on a lead and muzzled when in a public place.

He said: “Three passers-by had to take refuge in a nearby garden. They were all upset and shaken but were not physically hurt.”

Defending herself, Ms Edginton said the wind had blown a gap in the gate which the dogs had pushed through.

Appearing in the dock with her partner, who was not named, she said she had since taken steps to fortify the garden gate and fence. But she said: “We live in rented property so we’ve had to struggle with our landlord to get the work done.”

Chairman of the bench Mr N. Potts said he had two options - either to destroy the animals or to disqualify Ms Edginton from owning dogs completely.

She replied: “You can’t do that! I understand that they scare people because they’re big dogs – but you just can’t destroy them! I’ve got children!”

Mr Stirling pointed out that the reason the dogs escaped was due to neglect rather that a deliberate wish to ignore the court order. He said that, in any event, Ms Edginton would simply transfer ownership of the dogs to her partner if she were banned.

Edginton pleaded guilty to failing to comply with the order, and of being in charge of dog dangerously out of control in a public place. She was find £400 and ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge. A further control order was made on the third dog.

 

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