Attacking dog shown mercy

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A dog said to have a hatred of police officers and hi-visibility jackets has escaped a death sentence.

The life of Asha, a three-year-old male mix of Mastiff, Ridgeback and Alsatian, hung in the balance when he bit a community police 

After hearing the dog had been guarding its mistress, who the animal had seen beaten-up by a man, the animal was given a reprieve by a judge.

Dog owner, Zoe Allen, 41, of Alexandra Road, South Shore, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to having a dangerous dog.

She was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £75 compensation to the officer with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge by District Judge Roger Lowe sitting at Blackpool Magistrates’ Court.

The dog was put on a Conditional Destruction Order which means it will not be put down as long as it is neutered and kept muzzled and on a lead when taken out in public.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said a community police officer was on patrol with a colleague on the resort’s Lytham Road when Allen’s dog attacked him, biting his elbow on March 11 at 11.30am.

The dog then jumped onto his back snarling, snapping, barking and biting at his clothing. The officer was taken to hospital for treatment to a bite wound.

The dog was seized by police and it took a police dog handler plus two council dog wardens to get it into a vehicle to be taken to kennels.

When interviewed Allen said the dog did not like police officers, men or anyone in a hi-visibility jacket.

Stephen Duffy, defending, said in the past the dog had seen Allen being the victim of domestic violence from a partner.

Mr Duffy added: “Allen believes the dog was guarding her. She is anxious to have him back.”