Owner is fined after dog kills two others

Hugo with his owner Christine Coey who warned owners to be vigilant about their dogs.
Hugo with his owner Christine Coey who warned owners to be vigilant about their dogs.
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A mother-of-one has been fined by a court after her pet dog mauled two other dogs to death.

Samantha Howard-Kalyoncu, 22, of Westgate Road, St Annes, admitted having an animal which was out of control, when she appeared before Blackpool magistrates.

Her American bull mastiff TJ, which has since been destroyed, mauled a Daschund called Hugo in King George’s Playing Fields, Heeley Road, St Annes, on March 15 this year.

Later this year it attacked a miniature schnauzer dog in Westgate Road, grabbing the tiny animal in its jaws.

Howard-Kalyoncu was put on a two month curfew and ordered to pay £500 compensation between the owners of the dogs TJ killed.

Paul Foster, prosecuting, said the owner of the daschund, Christine Coey, was walking her dog when the mastiff, which was tethered to a fence around the children’s play area, broke free.

He added: ”The mastiff bit Hugo throwing him into the air. Mrs Coey was pulled to the ground and was injured.

“Her dog was taken to the vet but had to be put down.”

Grahame Halliwell, defending, said: ”TJ was a pet dog which went rogue.

“The defendant has a five-year-old daughter and the dog had never caused a problem with the child.

“Following the first incident she took the advice of the dog warden and had TJ neutered and bought a muzzle.

“After the second incident she had TJ put down.”

‘Nothing makes up for the loss’

Speaking after the case, Mrs Coey said she was satisfied with the outcome of the case.

She added: “We are satisfied she has a criminal conviction, but no amount of money can make up for the loss of my Hugo.

“We are terribly sad that three dogs are now dead.

“I would say to other owners, please be vigilant of other dogs.”

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