Labrador given death sentence by magistrates

Blackpool Magistrates' Court.
Blackpool Magistrates' Court.
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A golden labrador dog called Nando has been sentenced to death by a court.

The dog escaped from a back garden and bit a 17-year-old girl on the wrist causing a puncture wound, the court was told.

A dog behavioural specialist then examined the dog and came to the conclusion the animal was “a danger to public safety”.

Owner Gary Todd, 51, of Marlhill Road, Grange Park, pleaded guilty to having a dangerous dog which was out of control.

He was fined £75 with £50 costs and ordered to pay £100 compensation to the teenager who was bitten plus £20 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates

Presiding magistrate, Roger Wightman, told Todd: “We order the destruction of the dog.

“You only had it for six weeks and you were attempting to change its behaviour, but sadly this did not occur.”

Jim Mowbray, prosecuting, said the incident happened on November 27 at around 4.45pm.

He told the court a 17-year-old girl was walking along Salcombe Avenue when the dog jumped up and bit her on the wrist.

A police officer called to the scene saw the dog running round the gardens barking.

The dog ran at the officer growling and despite the officer using dog incapacitant, the animal continued being aggressive, so a dog warden was called to capture it.

A dog behaviour specialist then tested the animal and came to the conclusion it was dangerous.

Suzanne Mugford, defending, said Todd had only had the dog six weeks.

The dog had been neglected, was underweight and had health problems, she said.

Todd, who believed the dog had been abused previously, nursed him back to health.

He took the dog for walks, never letting him off the lead and there were no problems.

The day of the offence the dog, unknown to Todd, escaped from the back garden.

Todd did not oppose the application for the dog to be put down.