Dog which bit girl, 10, ‘must be muzzled’

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A Japanese Akita dog which bit a 10-year-old girl must be muzzled when taken out for walks, a court has ordered.

It follows an incident when the dog, called Diesel, turned on the 10-year-old girl.

The owner of the animal, 67-year-old Lynda Sudbury, of North Square, Cleveleys, admitted failing to keep and dangerous dog under control.

She was prosecuted by Lancashire Police who successfully asked Blackpool Magistrates for a control order for Diesel.

It means Mrs Sudbury must fit a muzzle on the animal when it is taken on the streets and it must be kept on a lead. She was warned that any breach of the order could result in a police application to have the animal put down.

Prosecutor Sharon Cotton told the hearing that the parents of the 10 year old – who cannot be named for legal reasons – had decided not to press for a prosecution.

She added: “The police responded to a serious incident and have a duty to have the public protected.”

The only time the dog can go outside without a muzzle and lead is in the secure back garden of Mrs Sudbury’s home. She had nothing to say in court apart from agreeing to the order.

Magistrates were told that Diesel had been adopted by Mrs Sudbury from a 
local animal rescue centre and had not been involved in any other incidents.