A judge has banned a man from keeping dogs and ordered that his bull mastiff be put down after it brought fear to a city neighbourhood.
Sarwan Gill, 52, appeared in front of Nottingham magistrates last week, accused of failing to keep the dog under control.The surprising aspect of this case is that the authorities took action not under the 1991 DDA, but under an 1871 Act:
The authorities were unable to bring action against the owner under the 1991 Dangerous Dogs Act but discovered they could prosecute Gill using Section 2 of the Dogs Act 1871.
Nottingham City Council, which took the action, said it believed this was the first time this legislation had been used.Good for Nottingham, and shame on all those other local authorities for not doing so! Let's hope they are all looking at this case now.