A disabled man defied a court order to let his Alsatian off a lead – allowing it to attack a smaller dog.Reading the comments, it seems this beast has a pretty bad history with other dogs.
Burchell, of St Mary Street, Stonehouse, was given a Crown Court order forcing him to keep Bart on a lead and muzzled in public at all times.Which will come out of his benefits, of course. So we’ll be paying that.
Burchell admitted breaching the control order by allowing the dog from his lead at Devil's Point on December 12 last year.
Magistrates fined him £100, ordered that he pay £100 towards prosecution costs, compensation of £38 to the owner of the other dog and £15 victim surcharge.
Presiding magistrate Michael Thomas said: "This is a serious matter. You let your dog off of its lead on a beach where families go and children play.It’s already happened one too many times! And if he’s that physically disabled, how can he hope to control a dog of this size?
"If it happens again your dog could be taken away."
Mr Papenfus said six-year-old Bart was Burchell's companion.Then should he have a dog at all? Contrary to first impressions, I’m not one so heartless as to want to wrench a disabled person’s only friend away, but if he can’t prevent it from attacking other dogs…
He said: "He suffered significant problems as the result of a car accident. He suffered head injuries and had a tracheotomy which damaged his larynx and he has a very difficult day-to-day existence because of that."
Magistrates were told judge Francis Gilbert gave Burchell the control order in November last year after an allegation of a similar incident.That sounds like a get-out-of-jail-free card for any Glaswegian, doesn’t it?
Plymouth Crown Court was told during a trial that Bart had jumped up and bitten a terrier while off its lead.
But the trial was abandoned and Burchell accepted the control order after the judge ruled that jurors were not able to understand his evidence.